Pictures of the Year returns to CPC through Oct 11th, special final reception announced


CPC is pleased to once again present an exhibit of Pictures of the Year International winners.

Because of a scheduling error, this exhibit will close one week earlier than originally announced. Please join us for a closing reception this Sunday evening, October 11th, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Chicago Photography Center gallery.

Out of 48,000 world-wide Photojournalism entries, only 240 are chosen and we have 50 of these powerful images, so don’t miss seeing these images in person.

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 to intense images of social issues and stunning sports photography.

Please join us for an closing night reception on Saturday, October 17th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Chicago Photography Center.

Upcoming Classes and Events

New Class Sessions and Workshops slated for October

PhotographerRosesOne-Day Fundamentals of Digital Photography Class – A deep dive into your digital camera and photography in one Saturday session. October 10th

Three-Week Capturing Beauty Course – A vacation with your camera, capturing the beauty of Chicago. Begins October 10th.

Saturday Boot Camp for Young Photographers – A great opportunity for young photographers, ages 12-18. This full day course hits the highlights of the 7-week film and dark room class. It’s part of a new series of classes — both after school and on weekends — for youth. Only $90. Tell your friends! October 17th

Fundamentals of Digital Photography – a seven-week course in the basics of digital photography, from shooting to post production, taught by a working industry professional. Mondays or Tuesdays beginning October 19th or 20th.

Fundamentals of Film Photography – Learn new skills in old-school photography in this film class, which has you shooting in 35mm film and processing photos in CPC’s darkroom. Mondays and Tuesdays starting October 19th.

After School Film Class for Young Photographers – A great after-school activity for young photographers ages 12 to 18, to learn B&W 35mm film photography, dark room processing and printing. Seven wednesdays from 4 – 7 pm starting October 21st. 

Intermediate Digital Photography – An exciting opportunity to continue your development as a photographer. Great for all who have taken the fundamentals class or have been shooting for a while. Seven Thursdays beginning October 22nd. 

Fundamentals of Studio and Portrait Lighting – A seven-week class in studio lighting, begins October 22nd. 

iPhone and Smartphone Photography – Be smarter with your smartphone and take primo photos that will awe your friends. Learn during the day and take hot shots of Halloween that evening. Saturday, October 31st. 

 Two-Day Course in the Business of Photography – Jump start your photography business in two informative and practical day-long Saturday sessions – November 7 and 14. 



Chicago Architecture the Star of Joint Photographic Exhibition


Photo by Andrew Fowler

Architexture: Celebrating Chicago’s Architecture from Bricks to Steel is a collaboration between the Chicago Photography Center and Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. The collection of 25 photographs by local artists presents a unique perspective of the city’s famed architecture. The exhibition will be on display from October 1 through November 10, 2015, in the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower lobby. Attendance is free and open to the public.

“The Architexture: Celebrating Chicago’s Architecture from Bricks to Steel exhibition is a great way to share a unique view of our city with other Chicagoans and with visitors from elsewhere,” said photographer and Chicago Photography Center board member Will Knight. “It’s a way to celebrate our heritage and our contribution to modern cityscapes across the globe.”

“Food, Glorious Food,” at September’s Wine & Critique

The Friday, September 18th Wine & Critique was a triumph with many new faces.  W&C moderator Warren Perlstein says a mixture of digital images and prints to view improved the quality of the critiquing. “You can really see the quality of the photography and the photographer’s expertise when viewing a good print,” he said.  “We will continue to prefer to critique prints over digital files, and the three images you bring should all be of the same theme.”

Congratulations to Barbara Calabrese, who won the photo contest for the subject “Food.” Next month’s photo contest subject is “Water.”

Many thanks to CPC volunteers Betsy Lent, David McGary, and Stephanie Riley for setting up and cleaning afterwards. CPC relies on volunteers to keep the place going, so please considering pitching in when you can.

The next Wine & Critique will be Friday October 16th. Event organizers want to remind everyone not to forget to bring something to share such as a bottle of wine, something non-alcoholic if you prefer, or food/munchies/cheese.

Photo by Barbara Calabrese

Photo by Barbara Calabrese

Pictures of the Year: Visions of Excellence exhibit opens at CPC

An exhibit featuring amazing images from the Pictures of the Year International awards opened on September 11th at the Chicago Photography Center. The show, featuring images by photojournalists and documentary photographers from around the world, will be on display through October 18th. Special gallery hours are being planned for the final weeks of the show, so please check back here for more info. Thanks to all who attended and helped us celebrate the opening.

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