Celebrate Summer Chicago!


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 on August 8th







Best of Wine & Critique Opening Reception Friday, July 31st


Photo by Dave Volden

Join us on Friday, July 31 from 7-9pm for the opening of the “Best of Wine & Critique” exhibit!

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.



Call for Entries: Chicago Architecture Biennial


Photo by Warren Perlstein

A Call for Entries

The Sofitel Hotel 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.

Signs of Summer at July’s Wine & Critique

Summer-Signs_AdelineSidesThanks to everyone who made it out on Friday night for our monthly Wine & Critique. A special congratulations to Adeline Sides for winning the “Summer Signs” photo contest (left).

The next Wine & Critique will be on August 21st. The theme is “Wine & Critique,” and the winning photo may be used to help promote the W&C monthly meetings.

We’re going to focus a bit more on prints in the coming months. So next month, please bring entries as 11×14 prints instead of jpegs. We’ll still critique digital photos, but try printing them! You’ll learn a lot!

Opening night for the “Best of Wine & Critique” exhibit is July 31st at 7 pm. It’s free, and promises to be a great evening of fellowship among photographers. Join us!


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

FinalIAClogo Gaylord