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we like small things v.6

Juried by Anna Goldwater Alexander 


Filter Photo is pleased to present we like small things v.6, our sixth annual small works exhibition, juried by Anna Goldwater Alexander of WIRED, and featuring the work of 42 artists from across the US. Join us at Filter Space on September 29th from 6 - 9 PM—during the 2023 Filter Photo Festival—as we celebrate this exhibition alongside Rebecca Drolen's solo exhibition, Unstable Entity.

"I love small things.

All things small. 

When I think of small things,

small lone things,

I think intimate. 

I think stand-alone. 

I think personal. 

I think purposeful.

There were so many incredibly beautiful and meaningful entries—I sat with them and just stared for hours. I found it most fascinating that many entries were derived from old-school and analog methods, which seemed true fitting to this edition of we like small things. As a creator who has worked with analog methods, I know how much goes into one piece, let alone a series. This is what makes this theme so special, this is what makes each entry unique. Thank you for trusting me with your art and for opening my heart to such intimate works. I wish I could have given every submission a winning star, because they were all important to me."

—Anna Goldwater Alexander


Image Credits: Amanda BernSohn (left) and Nathalia Bertazi (below)

Featured Artists

Marc Adesso

Mahsa Alafar
Hannah Altman
Amanda BernSohn
Nathalia Bertazi
Lynne Breitfeller
Bo Brout
Siobhan Byrns
Christine Caldwell
Rose Cunningham
Dena Eber
Joanna Epstein
Jamil Fatti
Jesse Freidin
Amy Giese
Denis Gillingwater
Angela Golota
Sherri Harvey
Jim HIll
Hsing-Chia Hsieh
Kevin Jones

Dave Jordano
Erinn Kathryn
Evan Klanfer
Andy Melendez
Joerg Metzner
Mauricio Murillo, Crummy Gummy
Beth O'Brien
Junghoon Oh
Dante Pineda
Jeff Rothstein
Jacque Rupp
Natia Ser
Pamela Sherlock
Byron Smith
Jessica Stephens
Robin Tryloff
David Whitmer
Hooey Wilks
Judson Womack
Emerson Xia
Torrance York

Anna Goldwater Alexander is the Director of Photography of WIRED. She's been producing photo shoots and commissioning WIRED photographers for over twenty years. Anna was the 2019 recipient of the National Magazine Awards General Excellence, Design and Photography by American Society of Magazine Editors.


She was nominated as Photo Editor of the Year by the Lucie Foundation in 2021. Most recently, Anna received a National Magazine Award for producing the Best Profile Picture in 2023. Anna has also been awarded honors from the Society of Publication Design, American Photography, Art Directors Club and Communication Arts. Anna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arizona. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two teenagers, three cats, and Trout the dog.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Download the Exhibition Key.

Exhibition DatesSeptember 22nd – October 28th, 2023
Festival Reception: September 29th, 6 - 9 pm CT
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm 

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