Chicago Photography Center needs your help! / by Jeff Johnson

Hey, folks! I figured I would use this first blog post as an opportunity to highlight an organization that is near and dear to my heart:

You probably already know how much I love photography, and that I "quit my day job" earlier this year to pursue this career full time. I'm not sure if you know how I got from point A to point B, though: Chicago Photography Center. CPC is the only not-for-profit photography school in Chicago, probably the entire Midwest. But we're not just a school - We offer gallery exhibits, lectures with social impact, host an after-school program for Chicago high school students to learn film photography, outreach to under-served communities...

 

When I discovered CPC, I was at a low point in my life. In many ways, this place actually saved my life. I have been empowered and transformed by it, and I feel a great sense of pride to be part of such a powerful and supportive community. Everyday I can witness and be part of that same transformation in other people. Photography is a vehicle of change, and it happens at CPC.

 

This summer I joined the Board of Directors. It is one of the greatest honors I can think of, to be able to give back in this way. It has also opened my eyes to how precious an organization we are and how we face many challenges to continue our work. Every not-for-profit struggles with funding, but we are currently battling some unforeseen expenses (broken water heaters, failing AC, among others) that could jeopardize our programs.

 

I'm not asking you to give something for nothing. I'm not asking you for a large sum of money. I am asking you to do one of a few simple things:
  • Take a class. If you are interested in learning new skills, or taking your skills to the next level, CPC's offering of classes taught by incredible instructors has something for everyone. From one-day to seven-week formats, there are topics of all kinds: film photography, digital manipulation, studio lighting, weddings, etc.
  • Attend a lecture. Fall Lecture Series: The Future of PhotographyPhotography is a changing field due to advances in technology, how we perceive photography and its role, and its accessibility in recent years. Join us as we take a more in-depth look at a few areas.
  • Donate whatever you can! If you aren't up for a class or lecture, live out of state, or simply can't afford the ticket price - Please give whatever you can spare. Skip your Starbucks today, pick Netflix tonight instead of the movies... Every donation, no matter how small, does make a difference! I will sweeten the deal, however, for those of you who are generous enough to donate - For every donation you make of $25+, I will give you an 8x10" color print from my series "Franny and Zooey," recently displayed at CPC! 

Let me know if you pull the trigger. I'll get your print(s) to you ASAP.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Every dollar we bring in - be it from classes, lectures, or donations - will help ensure we keep our doors open and programs running. Your support means the world to me, and so many others!