September 9 – September 13, 2020

Registration now open


Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago.  The 2020 Festival is September 9 – 13 and will be primarily an online Festival this year due to COVID-19.   Online programming includes workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, and artist talks.  Additionally, hybrid online and in-person 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.  More information about preparing for reviews and engaging with Zoom can be found on our FAQ page.

Download the 2020 Filter Photo Festival Program.

Video footage from the 2018 Festival can be found by clicking below.

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 Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Mona Kuhn, John Chiara, and Rodrigo Valenzuela, among others.

Registration for the 2020 Filter Photo Festival opens for Filter Photo Members on July 1 at 9 am CT, and the General Public on July 8, 9 am CT.

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


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | by appointment

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, and The Halo Hill Charitable Fund.