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Fort Dearborn-Chicago Forum Is celebrating 131 Years, since our beginnings in 1886 as the Chicago Lantern Slide Club.

During our illustrious history, renowned photographers have participated in our events including Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke White, Yousef Karsh, Victor Skrebneski and Pulitzer prize winners John White and Ovie Carter.

To commemorate this anniversary, we hosted a photographic exhibit of our current members' work at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts at 1012 N. Dearborn in Chicago from May 18 - May 28, 2017.

Our opening reception took place the evening of May 19th.


MAY 18 - 28, 2017



Former Presentations

Special Presentation

Nature Photography and Image Opimization

by Alan  Cox

Remember that last time you went out and the scene was ideal.  The subject was stunning, the lighting was perfect,

and you couldn't miss!  It was magic.  But later the images had lost all that magic?  But why?


Alan will discuss his thoughts on issues in capturing images, and will demonstrate how to optimize them, so they match that vision you remember.  A casual interactive evening.

Alan has been both an amateur photographer and a software engineer for 50 years. He still makes his living developing software, but spends much of the rest of his time readily sharing his knowledge and passion for photography.

He is a former large format film photographer and military camera software engineer.

Alan is a past president of the Schaumburg Area Photographic Society, and a member of the Photographic Society of America.

In Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association, Alan primarily competes in large monochrome and color prints, where he's won several Prints of the Year.  In PSA, he has won international gold medals in both his color and monochrome prints.

© Alan Cox

February 16, 2018

7:30 P.M.

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum

47 W. Polk M-7, Chicago, 60605

Open to the Public

Free Admission


Alan Cox

© Alan Cox