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.
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.
After ten wonderful years at the Lincoln Avenue location, the Chicago Photography Center is moving. CPC will continue to offer the best photography classes in the area taught by professional photographers; offer first class exhibits by students, as well as internationally recognized photographers; provide a monthly peer critique; offer lecture series; and continue its Outreach Program to under-served communities. Check out the long list of positive and truthful reviews on this site.
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.
Chicago Photography Center is a wonder organization and I love attending their events. They are extremely professional and friendly to all who visit them and an asset to the community at large. Keep up the fine work CPC!
I joined Chicago Photography Center as a member almost 2 years ago and took a few classes. I found the community warm and supportive and the classes were fantastic. My work was part of an all student exhibition in July of 2012 which was a fantastic experience. Late 2012 I became a member of the board of directors to help CPC continue their services and to give back.
I am an amateur photographer with a new camera. Being a member at Chicago Photography Center enabled me to meet with an excellent trainer, so I am confident in using the camera. The prints I created have been used for a poster where I volunteer, which increased attendance at events. Plus the prints look gorgeous.
There are both tangible and intangible benefits to the CPC trainings. I have more confidence using my digital camera and the results help the causes I care about.
The Executive Director is super competent and her enthusiasm is contagious. The hard-working Board of Director, though small, is committed to expanding the impact of the Center. CPC is recognized as the best place to learn photography in Chicago, probably the Midwest.
The Chicago Photography Center (CPC) has absolutely changed my life. I would not be where I am today as a photographer with out them.
The CPC is there to help you on your photographic journey whether you're a casual photographer or are interested in making a career of it. The instructors are all knowledgeable, working photographers who are always supportive and helpful. The CPC offers classes for every level of student and shares opportunities to display your work and to photograph outside of class through partnerships with other organizations and clients (some of whom pay).
The CPC is primarily a place of learning, and I have learned a ton, but I think the biggest impact it's had on my life has been a social one. It often takes me a while to get comfortable in new surroundings but the people at the CPC made me feel welcome right away - the environment is completely nurturing and friendly, not cut-throat or competitive, and that's been absolutely perfect for me. Through classes and events I've been able to network with other photographers and make some amazing friends. My fellow classmates and I work together on projects and recommend each other to clients when we're not available or otherwise can't take on a gig.
I really can't recommend this place enough. Try it out for yourself - you won't be sorry.
The Chicago Photography Center is a wonderful venue contributing to keep photography as a viable art and a tool in journalism, such as photojournalism. The Center reaches and teaches the neighborhood.
The volunteers care but the board?
Found better classes for the money and nicer people elsewhere.
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.
Board seems too interested in drinking wine and spending $ on food. Better places to spend money and their time.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
What a mess. Spend your $ elsewhere. Do not think the people at the top care about the students or even teachers. Large turnover in staff? Wonder why?