FotoFocus Biennial 2018: Francis Bruguière, Couple Embraced, about 1929. Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 × 7 7/16 inches. Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

FotoFocus Biennial 2018

Open Archive

FotoFocus Biennial Program: October 4–7, 2018

Now in its fourth iteration, the FotoFocus Biennial 2018 will span over 80 projects at museums and galleries across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, and feature more than 200 artists, curators, and educators. Each Biennial is structured around a unifying theme; for 2018 that theme is Open Archive—emphasizing the centrality of photography and lens-based art to modernism, and examining our fundamental need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization, and interpretation. Visit for more information.

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About FotoFocus

FotoFocus is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit arts organization that champions photography and lens-based art through exhibitions and public programming. Since 2010, the organization has engaged art and educational institutions throughout the region to support and expand the cultural dialogue around the medium that has come to define our time.

With an emphasis on intellectually and academically rigorous programs, the organization provides uniquely enriching access to lens-based art, film, and practices inspired by photography. Signature programming includes the FotoFocus Biennial, FotoFocus Symposium, and FotoFocus Lecture and Visiting Artist Series.

FotoFocus has collaborated with hundreds of organizations, curators, academics, and artists to present more than 700 exhibitions and programs, having contributed funding for the majority. The organization has brought hundreds of internationally-renowned photographers to the Greater Cincinnati region, including Doug Aitken, Tina Barney, Jo Ann Callis, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Roe Ethridge, Larry Fink, Paul Graham, Todd Hido, Barbara Kasten, Michael Kenna, Zoe Leonard, Zanele Muholi, David Benjamin Sherry, Laurie Simmons, Alec Soth, Doug + Mike Starn, Joyce Tenneson, John Waters, William Wegman, and Akram Zaatari.

FotoFocus Biennial 2016: Zanele Muholi: Personae installation at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Photo by Ryan Elliott