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September 27 - 30, 2023

Registration Opens May 2023


Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. The 2023 Festival will be held September 27th - 30th at the Columbia College Chicago Student Center, centrally located downtown in proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. 


Programming includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, and artist talks. Additionally, exhibitions will be hosted at Filter Space gallery in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.


Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review, an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions. 


Filter Photo is dedicated to the health and safety of our community. All registered participants, instructors, portfolio reviewers, speakers, and Festival staff are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to participation in Festival events.

To learn more about previous Festival programming:

An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Ken Gonzales Day, Liz Deschenes, Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Mona Kuhn, John Chiara, and Rodrigo Valenzuela, among others.

Registration opens May 25 for Filter Photo Members and June 1 for the general public. 

Consider becoming a Member today for access to early registration and a host of other opportunities throughout the year.   Sign up for our mailing list to get programming updates delivered directly to your inbox or email us at

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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