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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.


SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition Serves Up “Big Night” and Handmade Pasta

Posted on February 25, 2021

Hand-rolled cavatelli from Chef Chrissy Antenucci of The Wheel and Stanley Tucci's beloved 1996 film Big Night, coming soon—or whenever you choose—to a living room near you.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.

February may feel like it lasts forever, but alas, it does not. And with... Continue


Documentary Filmmaker Nadia Hallgren Talks Storytelling, the Particular Power of Film, and Getting Beyond Self-Doubt

Posted on February 24, 2021

Few among us can count Michelle Obama as a personal booster, but all of us can now hear from one who does: In anticipation of her March 4 Lens Mix talk, FotoFocus caught up with celebrated director and cinematographer Nadia Hallgren.

An award-winning filmmaker from the Bronx, New York, Nadia Hallgren directed the Emmy Award–nominated documentary Becoming and the Academy Award–shortlisted short documentary After Maria—though those are just two recent titles on a CV packed with acclaimed work.

On March 4, Hallgren will join... Continue


“November” May Have Had To Wait a Few Months, but the Show Survived (and Responds to) 2020

Posted on February 10, 2021

The Beeler Gallery exhibition roars back from a pandemic-induced near cancellation. Through March 6, "November" is open for solo viewing by reservation—a safety measure that also bolsters the immersive experience.

The pandemic brought many exhibitions to a screeching halt. But for November, it caused just a brief interruption. The exhibit, now at Columbus College of Art and Design’s Beeler Gallery through March 6, 2021, will carry on a handful of months after its intended opening. It features projected video, still photography, and sculpture from 12 emerging Columbus-based, national, and... Continue


Dinner and a Movie

Posted on January 29, 2021

SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition is an in-home film series with a side of local restaurant love.

As we approach nearly a full year of social distancing and limited communal gathering, we are all looking for creative ways to stay together while keeping apart. Two sectors that have felt this challenge keenly: arts organizations and restaurants. The arts make us think and feel, and our culinary community quite literally adds flavor to our lives. But a global shutdown has left them without the human connections that keep them running. Everyone... Continue


FotoFocus at 10: An Oral History

Posted on December 17, 2020

As FotoFocus celebrates its first decade, we get the behind-the-scenes scoop of how it started—and what the future holds—from eight people who have lived it.

I. Origin Story

TOM SCHIFF, Founder, FotoFocus and CEO, Lightborne: The idea started maybe 12 years ago or so with James Crump, who was the curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I mentioned to him that I thought there were never enough photography exhibits in Cincinnati. I thought, If we could have a photography festival in Cincinnati,... Continue