Call for Entries: Open Photo Book Call, FILTER Photo Festival

Open Photo Book Call

Open Theme:
In recognition of the increasing importance of the photo book, Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for our first ever photo book exhibition! Our goal is to showcase well-thought-out, original, and compelling photo books in a public exhibition with a reception during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival. Eligible entries include all types of photo books, whether self-published, handmade, or commercially published. Books by or featuring the work of more than one photographer/artist are also eligible in to submit. All are welcome to apply.

A Juror’s choice award and honorable mention will be awarded. The Juror’s choice award comes with a $500 cash prize.

Selected entries will be exhibited at Harrington College of Design’s ground floor gallery from September 5th to September 30th with a reception and juror’s talk on Wednesday, September 24th. The reception will be a featured event of the 2014 Filter Photo Festival. The juror is Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of the DePaul Art Museum.

Please note that books accepted into this exhibition will be put on display and will be available for public handling. Filter Photo and Harrington College of Design cannot guarantee the condition of books at the time the exhibition closes. Also, to deter theft, the books may be installed in such a manner that leaves them unfit for later sale. Artists accepted into this exhibition will have a choice of: (A) donating the book to Filter Photo as a tax deductible charity donation equal to its fair market value (i.e. the price at which it would be sold); or (B) signing a written waiver that absolves Filter Photo and Harrington of responsibility for damage incurred during installation and exhibition. If the artist chooses to sign this waiver and provides appropriate postage, Filter Photo will return the book as-is at the close of the exhibition.


About the Juror:
Gregory Harris is the assistant curator at the DePaul Art Museum, where he curated the exhibitions The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (2014), Studio Malick: Portraits from Mali (2012) and We Shall: Photographs by Paul D’Amato (2013), for which he wrote the accompanying catalog. Previously he served as a guest curator and research assistant in the photography department at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he organized the exhibitions In the Vernacular (2010) and Of National Interest (2008). Harris earned a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Harris is also a dedicated photo book aficionado, with an extensive personal library maintained in fireproof bookcases.

Important Dates:

July 18: Deadline for Submissions

Mid-August: Notification of Accepted Artists
September 5: Exhibition Opens
September 24: Juror’s Talk and Reception during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival
September 30: Exhibition Closes

How To Submit:
Photographers may submit up to 3 entries, with a fee of $20 for 1 book and $5 for each additional book. Entrants will be informed of the juror’s decisions by mid August.

Submitted books must arrive with sufficient return postage or be dropped off in person. If sufficient return postage is not included, or if the work is left beyond the pickup date after the exhibition closes, neither Harrington College of Design nor Filter Photo will be responsible. Filter Photo is not responsible for any damages incurred during shipping.

To register for the exhibition, please complete the form located here. Only submissions made using this form will be considered.