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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.


Kevin Moore Discusses World Record Theme Ahead of the Biennial

Posted on September 20, 2022

FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore discusses the 2022 Biennial theme. He said, “World Record certainly is about the climate crisis. But it’s also about the different social crises climate change is causing and exacerbating. And this is something we are all experiencing, not just the people in the most critically affected regions of the planet.”

By: Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator

I remember noticing about a year ago when the conversations around climate change and social justice... Continue


Q&A with Guest Curator Nathaniel Stein

Posted on September 6, 2022

Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein is Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Stein holds degrees in art history from Wesleyan University and Brown University, where his doctoral research focused on the history of photography in India. Natural World will run September 30, 2022–January 15, 2023 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Passport holders have access to the member preview reception and artist conversation on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 5–8 pm.

Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein is Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Stein holds degrees in art... Continue


FotoFocus Announces Biennial Program Opening Events

Posted on August 31, 2022

Celebrations Begin September 29, 2022, with Receptions, Screenings, Panel Discussions, Keynote Lectures by Jeff Orlowski-Yang and Makeda Best, and Talks with JEB (Joan E. Biren), John Edmonds, Mitch Epstein, Dara Friedman, Baseera Khan, Tony Oursler, Xaviera Simmons, and more

The FotoFocus Biennial will return for its sixth and largest edition to date this fall, with an opening week of celebrations and special events taking place across the Greater Cincinnati region beginning September 29, 2022. The Biennial Program Week (September 29–October 8) will ignite conversation around this edition’s theme of... Continue


Q&A with Guest Curator Matt Distel

Posted on August 29, 2022

Matt Distel is the Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie in Covington, KY. Distel, a Cincinnati native, has been organizing exhibitions since 1994 with a particular focus on artists from the region. These Things Are Connected will run October 1, 2022–January 28, 2023 at The Carnegie.

Matt Distel is the Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie in Covington, KY. Distel, a Cincinnati native, has been organizing exhibitions since 1994 with a particular focus on artists from the region. Prior to joining The Carnegie, Distel held curator roles at the Cincinnati Art... Continue


Q&A with Guest Curator Ariel Goldberg

Posted on August 24, 2022

Ariel Goldberg is a writer, curator, and photographer based in New York City. Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s, curated by Goldberg, will run September 30, 2022–February 12, 2023 at the Contemporary Arts Center. Passport holders have early access to the member preview on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6–8 pm.

Ariel Goldberg is a writer, curator, and photographer based in New York City. They are an experienced educator and have taught photography, writing, and contemporary art practices at numerous universities including Bard College,... Continue