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March 26, 2012
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March 26, 2012
4 people found this review helpful

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.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 21, 2013

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November 21, 2013

The Chicago Photography Center has been EVICTED from its space on Lincoln Avenue. They
owe tens of thousands of dollars in back rent and real estate taxes they are responsible for.

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Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 10, 2013

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October 10, 2013

I have long had a passion for photography, having taken classes and taught in college and having been a member of several photographic organizations over the years. Going to galleries and seeing photographic displays is important to me, but sharing my work and ideas with other photographers as well as having discussions about the medium and its history gives me special pleasure. This is exactly what I found at the Chicago Photography Center, peers with knowledge about the medium and its history who are willing to discuss work in critiques and further to discuss the principles and skills that are beneficial to that work. The Center offers facilities in which to create your own images, from darkrooms, to computers and printers, to lighting studios. It offers classes in which to further one’s understanding of photography. It has a gallery space to show the work of members and other artists. It is not a one-dimensional organization, but a place that allows photographers to pursue the knowledge required to grow from beginners to sophisticated professionals with an artist perception of the discipline. A center like this is essential to a thriving and sophisticated photographic community in a city such as Chicago.
Michael Berns

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It works just fine as it is.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 30, 2012
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November 30, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

The Board of the cpc has defaulted on their obligation to the investors of the building they occupy. This group of people (the investors) came together for the sole prepose of providing a home for cpc. Because of their default, 27 people are about to louse their $350.000 investment. I believe in the past 5 years there is no person that started classes at cpc that have acquired the skills necessary to be able exhibit in a show. cpc says they are a school but they have not had a student show (of their own students) since I left as program director 6 years ago. Their gallery only exhibits the work established photographers. They use the gallery as a draw for their classes with the implication that after someone attends their classes they will learn enough to also be part of a show. Maybe, but because cpc does not have "student shows" it's not likely that they will be able to exhibit there. I started teaching photography in 1969 when I with others started the Jane Addams Center/ Hull House Photography Program (JAC/HH). cpc clams they are the same program that started at JAC/HH in 1969. They are not. The JAC/HH photography program only exhibited the work of their students.

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Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 19, 2012

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March 23, 2012

As the founder and owner of a fine art photography gallery that attracted clients from around the globe, and a professional fine art photographer who has had solo exhibitions in France, Italy, India a... more

October 19, 2012

Chicago Photography Center teaches excellent classes in a wide variety of photographic subjects and has a gallery that shows both local and international artists, for the enrichment of its students and the public. Many students choose to take the entire curriculum in the certificate program and the expertise of the instructors assists them in their chosen areas of photography, providing confidence to compete in the marketplace.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 23, 2012

As the founder and owner of a fine art photography gallery that attracted clients from around the globe, and a professional fine art photographer who has had solo exhibitions in France, Italy, India and the US, I have to say that CPC, although a young organization, is on the right track. Their classes are comprehensive, taught by professionals in the field, and the lectures and exhibitions are topnotch. I think that given time, with the wonderful energy that goes into every endeavor, will grow into a strong, vibrant center for the photographic community.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 24, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

Chicago Photography Center is the best place in Chicago to learn a variety of photography techniques, in both traditional film and digital formats for those who don't want to enroll in a whole College program. The center has constant events, critiques, lectures, guest artists, exhibitions and competitions which makes it a true photographic community.
Constant innovations and improvements show that

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By curating student work as well as well-known professional photographers' work, I am very impressed with many of the students who study at CPC.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep doing what we are doing, and add better lighting for the gallery.

March 23, 2012
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March 23, 2012
4 people found this review helpful

Chicago Photography Center provides a great neighborhood alternative to the bigger schools. For those who want to improve their photography skills, in a community environment, without paying a bunch, CPC is a perfect fit. The negative reviews sound like they're from the previous owners who ran it into the ground and now they're jealous that CPC is a valid school doing good things.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 25, 2011
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May 25, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

I have been around CPC for about 2 years. I had extensive photography experience before coming to CPC but I find the instructors to be so well informed that I can't help but learn new and interesting ways to achieve my photography goals. They have a broad range of classes all taught by photography pros. The facilities are great as well. They have a full dark room and lighting studio, as well as a digital printing lab. Not to mention the great bank vault in the basement!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact they make on every student who walks through the door.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add some marketing around town... it seems like only the people who live near by really know about it.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's the longest running Photo Education Non-Profit in the city.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 25, 2011
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May 25, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

This is a great School with exceptional instructors. I have been a professional photographer for many years and have learned new and useful techniques from the CPC.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning new techniques and using them in my commercial photography business.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them with their marketing concerns.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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