Filter Photo is pleased to announce The Hereditary Estate, an exhibition from Daniel Coburn, taking place at Filter Space. The Hereditary Estate will run from January 8 through February 26 with an opening reception on the evening of January 8, 6:00-9:00 pm.


My family history is haunted by instances of suicide, severe domestic violence, and substance abuse. Frustrated by the lack of images in my own family archive to document this series of tragedies, I set out to create a more potent and accurate supplement to the family album assembled by my parents. Using photographs made over the last decade, and altered, amateur photographs, I weave a family narrative that is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. The people and landscapes that appear in these photographs become metaphors and symbols for a family that exists at the intersection of domestic duress and spirituality.


-Daniel W. Coburn


Daniel Coburn’s first monograph, The Hereditary Estate, was published by Kehrer-Verlag in Spring, 2015. The careful sequencing of images, curated in book form, creates a powerful psychological dialogue designed to inspire an emotional and visceral response from the viewer. The international distribution of this book completes an essential conceptual component of this work, placing this supplementary album into family collections in countries all over the world.


Filter Photo is proud to acknowledge the support of the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation in producing this exhibition.


Exhibition Dates: January 8 – February 26
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Filter Space | 1821 West Hubbard Street | Suite 207


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



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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.