Filter Photo Open Call

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It's unbelievable how much has changed since our last newsletter hit your inboxes. We're all learning to adjust to this new normal of social distancing, video conferences, and virtual events. And even though we can't currently be together in person, we're excited to share this list of online opportunities and resources with all of you. We hope it helps you stay connected and feel a little less alone in these unprecedented times.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce an Open Call for Programming Proposals for our year-round programming calendar. We welcome photography-related proposals of all types, including but not limited to one-day workshops, multi-session classes, and reading groups. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and we are currently giving priority to programming that can be offered virtually/online. Learn more and submit your proposal now!

We are also pleased to offer free Online Portfolio Reviews as an exclusive opportunity for Filter Photo Members. Executive Director, Jennifer Murray, will provide written project feedback that highlights strengths, avenues for development, and sequencing recommendations. Reviews are limited to 12 artists, on a first-come, first-served basis—Register Now!

Finally, just a reminder that Context 2020, our annual survey exhibition, is available to be viewed as an online exhibition. We will also be featuring each artist individually on our Instagram feed and Julianna Foster and Gary Emrich—the Juror's Choice Award Winner and Honorable Mention, respectively—will both be doing weeklong takeovers. Check out Julianna's takeover which is happening this week!

We look forward to the day that we can reopen Filter Space and continue with programming as usual, but in the meantime, please stay connected with us on social media via Facebook and Instagram, where we will continue to share creative resources and opportunities to stay engaged with contemporary photography.

The Filter Photo Team

Filter Photo is pleased to present Context 2020, our annual survey exhibition which features photographic work by 30 artists. Juror Eve Schillo writes, "My congratulations to all of the artists included in Context 2020. It was a privilege to review the many strong submissions, and, in turn, to acknowledge that the quality of submissions stand as a credit to Filter Photo for their fine work in expanding the notion of a photo-based practice. The works selected are by default a reflection of my own opinion of photography’s current strengths: traditional themes made more relevant with a strong dose of the poetry that is photographic abstraction. Portraiture that is traditional ¾ frontal pose or in situ, but also mysterious and questioning. Landscape or streetscapes that are also–or primarily–read as formal tonal fields. Photo experimentation that is both process-directed and simultaneously not read foremost as a photograph. The blurred, but not confused, nature of photography in 2020 is all represented here."


Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago. Our mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community. Please consider joining us in our mission to support more photographic artists and to share the benefits of our programming with a wider audience.

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