Special Lecture Presentation: Images from the Syrian Civil War

A Syrian refugee girl stands near her tent at a refugee camp in Zahle in the Bekaa valley

A Syrian girl stands near her tent at a refugee camp in Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Photo by Jamal Said

All lectures are $8 for members, $10 for non-members.
Pre-registration is encouraged.

As the battles rage inside Syria, Beirut-based photographer and journalist Jamal Saidi enlisted a team of photographers to document life in the midst of civil war. The result is a poignant collection of images and portraits that show both the struggle and humanity in the war-torn nation.

On May 8th, Mr. Saidi will present the work in a special lecture at the Chicago Photography Center. He will discuss the images, what they show about the status of Syria and life for its people and those who have sought refuge in camps in nearby countries. He’ll also explain how he gathered the photographers and their work to document events there.

Friday, May 8th
7:00 pm
Chicago Photography Center

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Congratulations to April Wine & Critique Winner Yuriy Zaveryukha

At this month’s Wine and Critique event on Friday, April 17th, the winner of the contest was Yuriy Zaveryukha with this image of a cat-a-comb.


The next W&C will be on May 15th, and the contest theme is “Street Portrait.Look here for information on how to join our monthly Wine & Critique community.

June Workshop to “Picture Chicago Women”

Image_PicturingWomen_webJoin Women in Focus Chicago and the Chicago Photography Center for a street photography workshop, led by photographer and curator Susan Aurinko, on the theme of portraying women in Chicago. The workshop will run Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th.

On the first day, participants will meet at CPC to discuss the project and look at some examples of what is meant by “Picturing Chicago Women.” Then participants will go out to shoot in a group, along with Susan. The selected locations will provide a rich variety of ethnicities and demographics.

The following day (Sunday), participants will gather again at CPC to edit their images. Participants will work in groups with the assistance of professional editors to determine the best of Saturday’s work. From these, one will be selected as the image included in the Picturing Chicago Women exhibit that will be presented by Women in Focus at a later date.

This workshop is limited to 16 participants.
(Because the workshop is limited, members of Women in Focus will have priority.)

Two-day workshop with Susan Aurinko
Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7
Cost: $200

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