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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

How'd She Do That?

Want to Create images that are yours alone?

Make your photos stand out from the crowd.  

Karen will show methods for enhancing your photos and creating new versions of the image using layers and masks, filters, collaging and more. Your image capture may only be the start of your next masterpiece.

Karen I. Hirsch is a Chicago-based commercial, editorial and fine art photographer.  Her images have been published internationally in books, magazines, newspapers and calendars. She is a contributor to Zuma Press international wire service. Karen is co-president of Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum.

In contrast to making documentary photos, Karen creates many of her fine art images in post-production. The original capture serves as the foundation of what is to become.  

In this presentation, Karen will show some of her distinctive images and explain how they were made. Get a look "behind the curtains." and get ready to unleash your own creativity.

March 9, 2018

7:30 P.M.

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum

47 W. Polk M-7, Chicago, 60605

Open to the Public

Free Admission


Karen I. Hirsch

Creating Unique Images

with Photoshop, Filters and Apps

by Karen I. Hirsch

Non-Member Suggested Optional Donation to support Fort Dearborn- Chicago Photo Forum  $20

Sharpening Techniques For Your Final Image

by Bob Benson

March 23, 2018

7:30 PM

Bob Benson will discuss the current filters and tools to achieve the proper sharpening for prints and digital images.


Bob Benson has served 16 years on the board of directors of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association. He is past president of the organization. He has received many honors including the Wanda Christl Award, the Stinson Award, the Len Gordon Award and the TOPs in CACCA for color prints and Creative.

Bob has been a member of the Photographic Society of Agmerica for 20 years. He received the distinction of APSA in 2009. He currently is a PID study group leader, writes a column for the PSA Journal and is serving a two-year term as Vice President of Divisions.


Open to the Public

Free Admission