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The Lens

The Lens is the FotoFocus editorial platform, highlighting our programming and featuring in-depth conversations on photography and the moving image drawn from perspectives and insights in our community, throughout our region, and around the globe.


The Future is Bright for FotoFocus

Posted on January 11, 2023

Letter from the Executive Director

Thank you to everyone who supported FotoFocus in 2022. Last year was a stellar undertaking by the organization: we hosted the Telephotography Symposium in April (postponed from its original October schedule) along with the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record. These two signature programs brought a record number of artists, curators, and enthusiasts together for thoughtful conversations, exhibitions, and programs throughout the year. These events addressed topics as far ranging as early experimentations of photographing electricity, the use of timelapse photography in recording glacial melting... Continue


FotoFocus Executive Director Announcement

Posted on December 12, 2022

FotoFocus Announces Retirement of Executive Director Mary Ellen Goeke Biennial DirectorKatherine Ryckman Siegwarth Named Successor

FotoFocus, the nonprofit dedicated to championing  photography and lens-based art, today announced that its founding Executive Director Mary Ellen Goeke will retire at the end of 2022. She will be succeeded by FotoFocus Biennial Director Katherine Ryckman Siegwarth, who will take the role of the second FotoFocus Executive Director since the institution’s founding in 2010. The transition is marked by a moment of tremendous growth, as FotoFocus plans to build a new center for photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati that will ensure the... Continue


FotoFocus Biennial: Program Week Video Gallery

Posted on December 1, 2022

FotoFocus is excited to share videos from the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record Program Week. The 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Program Week, which ran September 29–October 8, constitutes the core of the Biennial, establishing the theme and dialogues that unite the broader programming. Featuring keynotes lectures, conversations, screenings, and receptions with exceptional artists and curators, the Biennial Program is designed to inspire conversations about the world through photography and lens-based art.

Be sure to check back for a highlight video of the October 2, 2022 Keynote Lecture by Jeff Orlowski-Yang, Director, Producer, and... Continue


FotoFocus Biennial Celebrates Largest Edition to Date

Posted on October 27, 2022

Over 100 Photography and Lens-based Art Exhibitions and Projects at 90 Venues Remain On View Throughout October and into Early 2023

FotoFocus, the Cincinnati-based non-profit arts organization devoted to photography and lens-based art, celebrated the opening week of the sixth edition of the FotoFocus Biennial September 29–October 8 with dozens of Biennial Program Week events. An ambitious collaboration between FotoFocus and the region’s museums, galleries, universities and non-traditional spaces, the FotoFocus Biennial brings international exhibitions and projects to a month-long celebration of photography in the... Continue


East & Central Cincinnati Neighborhood Spotlight

Posted on October 22, 2022

As part of the 2022 Biennial, FotoFocus is featuring a number of Neighborhood Spotlight Days: Opportunities to visit multiple Participating Venues in certain geographic locations on a day when artists, curators, and more will likely be present, along with other neighborhood activities—a great chance to dive into the energy of the Biennial… and map out a plan to get to venues in a year with such a chock-full exhibition list. Each day, you’re invited on a journey through art and the communities hosting it.

Featured here: East & Central Cincinnati; Saturday, October 22

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