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Upcoming Classes and Events

Workshops in July & August

WarrenFUndamentals02Film Fundamentals One-Day Bootcamp – Shoot on film and develop in the darkroom in this one-day class. Two sessions: July 18th and August 8th

A One-Day Digital Photography Class – Learn the fundamentals of shooting amazing digital photos in a few hours. Next class is July 18th. 

Free Basic Camera Workshop – Learn the basic functions of your camera and build your photography skills in this free Saturday morning workshop on July 18th.

Capturing Beauty Photography Class – This three-week class is like taking a photo vacation without ever leaving the city. Next session begins July 12th.


Summer Camera Camps for teens now accepting applications

Film Photography Camp (3 wk. sessions)
Mon., Tues., Wed., 9am-12pm;
Next session: July 13 – July 29
Five student limit per session
Cost: $245.00

This is a unique opportunity to experience the creative and magical world of B&W film photography. Students will learn the following: how to operate a 35mm camera, develop B&W film, process a B&W print in the darkroom, and present a final print.

Digital Documentary/Street Photography (3 wk. sessions)

Mon., Wed., Fri., 9:30am – 2:30pm (BYO lunch, or take-out from nearby restaurants)
Next session:  July 13 – July 31
Six student limit per session
Cost: $385.00

Learn to go beyond making a single great photograph to telling complete stories with multiple images. Tell your photographic story through documentary exploration, street photography, and instructor-guided shooting exercises around Chicago neighborhoods.

Digital Fine Art Photography (2 wk. sessions)
Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 9:00am – 2:00pm (BYO lunch, or take-out from nearby restaurants)
Next Session: July 13 – July 23
Six student limit per session
Cost: $360.00

Required: DSLR camera and 16 GB memory card (2 recommended), 32 GB thumb drive, notebook and pen

This course is focused on contemporary fine art photography. Students will learn the basic functions of the DSLR camera as well as digital editing and printing skills. The class will reveal how photography is a powerful medium for conveying ideas. Students will be introduced to photography’s role in the current art world, particularly within Chicago’s rich art scene. The class will include a field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Photography to view the current exhibit and participate in a private print viewing from the Museum’s collection.


Winner of Wine & Critique gets out of his “comfort zone”

Thanks to all the folks who came to Wine and Critique on Friday, June 19th, especially the newcomers.

That evening, we had a bon voyage party for longtime Wine & Critique participants Ozgur Keles and Elizabeth Porporato.  Everybody pitched in so we had lots of food and goodies. They are both leaving, separately, for California to pursue new life’s adventures and they will be missed!

The winner for the “out of your comfort zone” contest this month was Ozgur Keles.

The next Wine & Critique evening will be July 17th and the contest theme is “Summer Signs.” Enter the contest, or just bring a few photos and join us for the evening.

Photo by Ozgur Keles

Photo by Ozgur Keles

Celebrating an Outreach Opening

Dozens gathered today in the Chicago Photography Center gallery to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit of photographs and other artwork by participants in CPC’s Outreach program. Our partner in the program is Deborah’s Place, a non-profit housing assistance and learning center for women.

Attendees wandered among the photos and paintings and enjoyed a performance and demonstration of hip hop dancing by Miss Sweetfeet. A few brave souls joined her on the floor. Click here for more information on CPC’s Outreach program.

The exhibit will be on display through July 17th.

An engaging evening with Sandro at CPC

Here are a few images of Sandro, who spoke at the CPC on June 5th and signed his work afterward. Thanks so much, Sandro, for sharing your work with us.




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