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Deadline Extended: Chicago Architecture Biennial Photography Exhibit


Photo by Warren Perlstein

A Call for Entries

The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower has invited the CPC to produce an exhibit of architectural photographic work to be displayed in its lobby from early October until mid-November. The exhibit is in conjunction with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations and events that invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways.

We’re looking for the best of the architecture photography work of CPC members. It’s an exciting opportunity to display our work in a major public venue. You may also sell your work at the event and help the Center at the same time.

The deadline for entries has been extended until Friday, August 28th.

Upcoming Classes and Events

Next class session begins August 24th. Sign up for a one-day digital workshop, or a free basic camera class in September

WarrenFUndamentals02Film Fundamentals 7-week classTwo nights a week with your film camera and in the dark room for a comprehensive survey of black and white film photography. Monday and Tuesday nights beginning August 24th.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography – Tuesday evenings for seven weeks, beginning August 25th.

Lightroom on your Laptop – A five-week class in using Adobe Lightroom on your own computer. Wednesday nights beginning August 26th.

Free Basic Camera Class – For those new to photography, or have a new camera or are in need of a refresher. This free class is a perfect introduction. September 12th.

One-Day Digital Photography Class – The fundamentals of digital photography in one intensive day-long session. September 19th. 

Best of Wine & Critique Exhibit on Display Until September 4th


Photo by Dave Volden


Jenna Braunstein, Barbara Calabrese, Snejana Iordanova, Jeff Johnson,
Steve Kuenstler, Genevieve Lee, Bob Long, Lindsey Lurie, Frank Monnelly, Peter Nelson, David Obermeyer, Adeline Sides and Dave Volden

Wine & Critique provides beginning, intermediate and established photographers with a safe and non-judgmental environment. For the price of a bottle of wine, or something to eat, drink and share, we enjoy a night of laughter and critiques.

The next Wine & Critique session will be August 21st, and the theme for the evening is “Wine and Critique.”

Call for Entries: Warriors in Our Midst – Deadline September 6th

In celebration of Veteran’s Day and to honor all American military servicemen, women and veterans, photographers are invited to participate in the juried exhibition Warriors in Our Midst.

The Warriors in Our Midst exhibition, in conjunction with The Trickster Gallery, will be curated by Warren Perlstein- Photographer, Erin McNamara- artist, Jane Stevens- Il Art Gallery Museum/ photographer, Joseph Yazzie- U.S. Army/ artist, Jenna Braunstein- photographer and Joseph Podlasek- Trickster Gallery. Entries should have a strong focus on American military servicemen, women and veterans in their everyday life. All styles of photography are welcome. The exhibit will open at the Trickster Gallery on Saturday, October 24, 2015 and run through Dec. 6th, 2015.

Pictures of the Year returns to CPC with its 72nd annual award winners

POYLOGO_REALCPC is pleased to once again present an exhibit of Pictures of the Year International winners. This year was the  72nd annual competition for POY, and the traveling exhibit of work from the winners list features photographs ranging from the Ebola health crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone, intense images of social issues and stunning sports photography. The exhibit runs from September 11 – October 16. Please join us for an opening night reception on Friday, September 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Chicago Photography Center.

POYi’s worldwide competition sets the gold standard for excellence in documentary photography, photojournalism, visual editing, and online multimedia. Each year, more than 48,000 entered works are submitted to the contest by photojournalists from 71 nations who document the news events, social issues, and cultural trends.

During three weeks of judging in February, a panel of 12 prestigious visual journalists serves as jury members during review at the University of Missouri. At the conclusion, 240 winners are selected as the very best. Category topics range from General News, to Sports, to Portrait, and to Issue Reporting in more than 40 categories.

Premier categories honor Photographer of the Year portfolios and in-depth documentary projects. As an educational model, POYi conducts the contest in a transparent, open-judging format.

The three-week review is set in a public forum, with live webcasting, that encourages discussion of the entries and the opportunity to hear both praise and criticism by the jury panel.

Next Women in Focus meeting to explore why “Visual Moments Matter”

IMG_0037The next meeting of Women in Focus Chicago will feature a discussion with Kimberly Soenen, author of “Visual Moments Matter: From Mind’s Eye to Impact.” The meeting will be held on Monday, September 14th, from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Kimberly J. Soenen is a producer, writer and business development consultant with more than 20 years of experience in editorial, the arts and reportage.  She has led business development and communications campaigns for Kartemquin Films, National Public Radio, Noor Images and Chicago Tribune among others. She has represented, and collaborated with, some of the world’s most recognized journalists and storytellers.

She is the producer of “Project Sin Alma,” a multimedia series about criminality within in the U.S. system of private health insurance. She has also successfully publicized some of Kartemquin Films most critically acclaimed films to include “Mapping Stem Cell Research,” “Typeface,” “Milking the Rhino,” and “At the Death House Door.” Working with the nation’s most regarded documentary filmmakers, she was instrumental in designing the national publicity campaign that eventually led to Kartemquin winning a major victory for Fair Use with the Library of Congress in 2009-a decision that stands today.

While working for VII Photo Agency as Director of Business Development, she co-produced “Fatal Neglect,” the Doctors without Borders documentary series about neglected diseases worldwide and “Long Shadow,” a multimedia series about mass incarceration policy and reentry. Working closely with Canon USA, she was the architect of a journalism school tour and a sizzle reel that garnered international attention for the collective.  She is currently supervising producer of  “End the Stigma” about mass incarceration policy and “Vicarious” investigating the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

wif-logoHer articles and essays have been published by Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, New York Times Well Blog, University of Toronto’s Journal of Global Health, The 2nd Hand Literary Journal, Pro Photographer Magazine and and broadcast on Chicago Public Radio.  She guest lectures frequently about visual storytelling, ethics in journalism and digital media literacy.

Women in Focus meets the second monday of every month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Chicago Photography Center.


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