Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. The majority of events take place at the Festival’s hotel headquarters, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and evening activities primarily take place at galleries and partner institutions around the city.
Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions.
An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Debbie Flemming Caffrey, and John Chiara, among others.