Pictures of the Year Exhibit October 19th through November 7th

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Special Lecture: An Evening with POY Multimedia Photographer of the Year Brent McDonald


October 30th – 7:00 pm wine and networking
7:30 pm lecture and screening

BRENT McDONALD, a senior video journalist at The New York Times, reports, shoots, and edits documentary news videos for In 2014, he was voted POYi Multimedia Photographer of the Year for a body of work, including two half-hour documentaries: Hers to Loseabout Christine Quinn’s failed bid for mayor of New York City, and The Trials of Jacob Machabout a former Sudanese lost boy’s journey through the Atlanta Police Academy. In January 2014, McDonald took a post in The Times’ Chicago bureau covering the American Midwest.

In this special evening at the Chicago Photography Center, in conjunction with an exhibit of some of the best photography from the POY awards, Brent will discuss his method for letting the content determine the style of the story. He’ll show examples and take audience questions.

Suggested donation: $5 

Free Basic Camera Class November 1st

If you have a new single lens reflex (SLR) camera (or a camera with an interchangeable lens), need a refresher, or have never attended a photography class, you should consider this free photography class! You will learn basic SLR camera operation, an overview of your camera controls, and use of your camera’s exposure meter. Be sure to bring your camera as well as your camera manual, if you have it. Limited space, so sign up today!

Next class session begins the week of November 3rd!

022013-wap_8057Sign up now for classes in fundamentals of digital photography, intermediate digital photography and advanced photography. You can also study the power of photojournalism, and a new class in Lightroom for your Laptop.

ALSO: NEW DAYTIME CLASS If you would like to study the fundamentals of digital photography during the day, here’s the class for you! Wednesdays at 2:00 pm.

$99 Workshop!

One Day Table-Top Photography Workshop: How to Do it Yourself at Home – November 8, 10am – 4 pm

TableTop02_webUsing  simple, easily found materials you have at home (tables, pots/pans, aluminum foil, packing material, etc.), you can shoot high quality, pro-style, table-top shots of food, products, household goods, still-lifes, etc. These can be for insurance purposes, artistic work or to create eye-catching images to sell items on services like Ebay.  In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to create pleasing compositions; gain an understanding of using f-stops to control depth of field; and how to use four basic lighting positions (front, top, back and side).

You’ll also learn how to control lens flare and make your own backdrops with spray paint, markers, colored and textured paper, cardboard, and much more.


Next Wine & Critique November 21st at 7:00 pm


Selfie Without a Cell Phone by Jon Damaschke

Selfie Without a Cell Phone by Jon Damaschke

The next Wine & Critique will be held on November 21st and the theme is RAIN. Please visit the Wine & Critique website for more, including details on how you can submit work for the monthly contest. Please note that to be eligible for the contest, the photographer must be present to discuss their work.

Submit your photo or just stop by, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the newcomer Jon Damaschke who submitted the winning image at the October Wine & Critique! The theme was “Selfie Without a Cell Phone.”


Pictures of the Year exhibit: Visions of Excellence


Chicago Photography Center welcomes the exhibit Pictures of the Year: Visions of Excellence.

October 19 through November 7, 2014
at the Chicago Photography Center (CPC),
621 West Belmont Avenue

The Visions of Excellence exhibit includes the award-winning work of fifty photographers including Tyler Hicks, New York Times; Michael Nichols, National Geographic; John Tlumacki, Boston Globe; and Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times. Pictures of the Year International (POYi), administered by the Missouri School of Journalism, receives tens of thousands of entries each year and recognizes over 150 photographers each year in categories that include science and natural history, sports, feature to name just a few. See POYi’s website for a complete list of categories and this year’s winners.

The Chicago Photography Center is honored to welcome another exhibit featuring POYi’s Visions of Excellence.

Visions of Excellence will run from October 19 through November 7, 2014, with viewing available during CPC gallery hours and by appointment.


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