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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth

Mission: Our mission is to foster a broad community of photographers who practice and appreciate the art of photography by offering a variety of classes and exhibition activities; sustaining a corps of volunteers; sharing our cameras with overlooked and underserved communities; and providing a vibrant, welcoming environment in which all this happens.

Results: The Chicago Photography Center continues to increase its class offerings, reach new constituencies and develop new opportunities to under-served communities.

Target demographics: General public

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I went here first around five, six years ago and was met by the founder and director at the time and he was extremely rude to me. He knew me and my work and purposely went out of his way to try humiliate me. I have been around the block a few times, I wasn't going to intimidated. Then I heard he was terminated. I decided to give the place another chance. Since then I have been back numerous times, from openings to benefits. I was soon asked to be an instructor there and have been since. I find CPC to be a wonderful and supportive community of people who care about the world of photography. They are a committed bunch and I will always be part of this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization under very caring and competent management and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The volunteers care but the board?

Found better classes for the money and nicer people elsewhere.

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karen.egerer 04/07/2013

Since you have not been to the Chicago Photography Center for two years, we would like to invite you back; talk with the executive director; talk with some of the volunteers; and gain a new perspective on the range of exciting classes offered by professional and experienced instructors. Learn about CPC's Outreach Programs that include an After School Matters Program; and check out the Gallery exhibits. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Chicago Photography Center.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Board seems too interested in drinking wine and spending $ on food. Better places to spend money and their time.

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karen.egerer 03/22/2012

The Chicago Photography Center regrets that these false statements continue to be made. The Chicago Photography Center welcomes everyone to visit the Center, experience our classes taught by professional and experienced photographers and educators. The CPC Gallery has exhibited the works of internationally acclaimed photographers and partnered with other organizations to bring international exhibits to Chicago. CPC is proud to sponsor its Outreach Program that works with community shelters and to house an After School Matters Program, part of the Chicago Public Schools program. We welcome you to see for yourself the kind of welcoming, professional, transparent and serving community that the Chicago Photography Center is. Oh, and do stop in for our monthly Wine & Critique! info@chicagophoto.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was seeking community outreach that fed my love of art. Volunteering for the Chicago Photography Center was the perfect way to do this. As volunteers we meet with adults who live in supported housing or shelters. As a group, we venture through different city scenes while sharing photography lessons and discussions. It creates a new avenue of expression for the students and such an rewarding dialogue for everybody. It's been such a positive experience and I'll definitely continue my involvement.

Jodi6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up for a photography class and in the process got a life changing experience. The instructors are mind blowing to say the least and push me the way I need to be pushed. Every instructor is 5 star and in the industry as Columbia College professors or professionals photographers of Chicago's biggest media publications. CPC is perfect for if you just want to learn how to take good photos, but it also has the capacity to push someone to greatness. The students they are producing are high caliber and gifted. They are exhibiting and starting sucessful businesses. I have to say my favorite things is the atmospere. Instead of having a competitive atmosphere it is one where everyone encourages each other and it is not elitist. Everyone helps everyone else grow and the amount of friendships fostered out of this places makes it an uplifting experience to simply be part of.

1 Kent B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Chicago Photography Center is a great organization that has helped inspire me to take my photography to levels I never thought I could achieve. The instructors are passionate and knowledgeable, and are true professionals working in many of the fields of photography (product, photojournalism, editorial, etc). I'm very happy that I found out about this place, and can't wait to see what they do next!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The CPC has provided me with a friendly and inviting space with qualified and dedicated instructors who are genuinely interested in teaching and sharing their passion for photography. Inspiration and creativity are abound in an environment that is both professional and casual at the same time. With the support and expertise of peers and instructors, I find myself discovering, more and more, the artist voice within. Volunteering for the CPC has been a rich and fruitful experience, both in becoming a part of the mission and in the learning opportunity it has provided.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I Worked with them when they first started out and it was great then. A real community of photographers sharing everything, this was in 2006 and 2007. Since then, they fired the director who started the center and turned it upside down. They no longer have a open door community feel or policy. It is geared more to wedding photography any little else. The original place was for all kinds of photographers or those new to photography. I stop volunteering my time for that kind of organization. Don't believe me, look at the plaque on the wall for my name as a voulenteer!

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karen.egerer 03/22/2012

The Chicago Photography Center regrets that these false statements continue to be made. The Chicago Photography Center welcomes everyone to visit the Center, experience our classes taught by professional and experienced photographers and educators. The CPC Gallery has exhibited the works of internationally acclaimed photographers and partnered with other organizations to bring international exhibits to Chicago. CPC is proud to sponsor its Outreach Program that works with community shelters and to house an After School Matters Program, part of the Chicago Public Schools program. We welcome you to see for yourself the kind of welcoming, professional, transparent and serving community that the Chicago Photography Center is. info@chicagophoto.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

CPC has an awesome community outreach program. For 7 years, volunteer photographers have taken cameras and photography classes to adults who live in shelters. They're going to expand this program to include other underserved populations (maybe veterans, and/or kids at risk).