Member Registration opens June 7

General Registration opens June 14

Participants sign up for twenty-minute face-to-face reviews and receive candid feedback about their images, as well as information on getting their work exhibited and published. We are thrilled to have so many of our attendees walk away with connections that have led to exhibitions, publications, and the indispensable opportunity to network with their peers.  Read more about preparing for reviews on our FAQ page.


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 info@filterphoto.org.

The 2021 Filter Photo Festival will be a mix of in person and online programming. All in person events, including Portfolio Reviews, will be conducted in accordance with current city and state guidelines in effect in September.  Masks will be required at all indoor events. Please see Filter Photo's Covid Update page for more information.

Portfolio Reviews and Workshops will have reduced capacity to allow for more social distancing. 


September 23 – September 26, 2021


9:00 am – 5:00 pm CT



21c Museum Hotel | 55 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611



To join the waitlist email erin@filterphoto.org

Refunds will be processed with a 15% fee. No refunds will be given after September 1st.


Steven L. Bridges

Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Shawn Bush

Founder, Dais Books

Jehan Jilliani

Visuals Editor,

The Atlantic

Samantha Johnston

Executive Director & Curator Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Oriana Koren

Photographer and Curator

Juli Lowe

 Director, PATRON Gallery

Ariel Pate

Assistant Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum

Kristin Abhalter Smith

Founding Executive Director, Roman Susan Art

John Sobczak 

Director, The Alice Wilds

Mary Statzer

Curator of Prints and Photographs, University of New Mexico Art Museum

Nathaniel M. Stein

Curator of Photography, Cincinnati Art Museum

Lexi Lee Sullivan

Curator, Fidelity Investments

Kristin Taylor

Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

Sasha Wolf

Director of Sasha Wolf Projects