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THE UNIVERSAL

The Universal, juried by Gregory Harris, Associate Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, includes an eclectic mix of artists addressing the theme of universality.


“It is often noted that there are more photographs being made now than at any other time in the medium’s history. That sheer ubiquity of photography is at once daunting and thrilling, particularly when you are charged with selecting images that best articulate what is universal in photographic practice. The diversity of approaches and high caliber of the work submitted here are sure signs of the richness of contemporary photography and left me no shortage of stellar photographs from which to choose.


As I made my way through the submissions, I kept returning to the wry observation made by the artist P.L. diCorcia that, “Photography is the foreign language everyone thinks they speak.” This remark touches on what makes photographs so endlessly fascinating: that they are immediately legible and familiar, yet still delightfully enigmatic.


The photographs gathered here coalesced around ideas and emotions that are fundamental to human existence— loss, longing, and a search for connection—and, though they don’t readily manifest in the visible world, have continually enticed photographers. The photographers included in The Universal deftly wield the medium’s distinct ability to take what may be utterly mundane and transform it into something truly captivating.


Many thanks to the photographers who submitted their work for consideration. The thoughtful engagement with photography displayed across these submissions is a testament to their talent and a tribute to Filter Photo’s vital role in fostering the photography community in Chicago and across the country.”


-- Gregory Harris



Image Credit © Rose Marie Cromwell


Participating Artists

Elijah Barrett

Yukari Chikura

Rose Marie Cromwell

Anastasia Davis

Barbara Diener

Gregg Evans

Jon Feinstein

Juan Giraldo

Jessica Harvey

Paul Jett

Mehves Lelic

John Lusis

Jordan Putt

Dawn Roe

Whitten Sabbatini

Kyle Seis

Alison Smith

Jean Sousa

Sara J. Winston

Guanyu Xu

Rana Young


Exhibition Dates: September 20 – October 19, 2019

Festival Reception: September 20 | 6 pm – 9 pm

Location: Filter Space 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207


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