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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.


Far and Wide: Casey LeClair’s “Seven Cities” at Iris BookCafé and Gallery

Posted on August 24, 2021

On view through October 29, Casey LeClair describes the exhibition as "part retrospective and part greatest hits."

For Iris BookCafé and Gallery exhibition curator Bill Messer, there was something uniquely evocative about Casey LeClair’s photography. The artist hails from Cincinnati but has spent the last 25 years traveling the world from California to New York to Sweden and points in between. This year, LeClair found himself back in Cincinnati, and his work crossed Messer’s desk. 

“I had pretty much retired ,” Messer says. “This work... Continue


Pass It On — FotoFocus Launches Insights: Call // Response

Posted on August 10, 2021

Insights: Call // Response is an emerging artists’ game of tag.

Insights is a FotoFocus educational initiative that supports the unique voices and perspectives of emerging regional artists through mentorship. Six artists developed a new body of work in collaboration with one another to bring their thoughts, feelings, and insights to life through a web-based presentation of still and moving images. 

Insights: Call // Response is the story of a moment. Or an encounter.... Continue


FotoFocus Curator Kevin Moore Talks Telephotography and the World After Covid

Posted on July 6, 2021

“It’s the literal, technological zooming in, bringing things closer — but also this idea of being connected to other people. It’s about the emotional aspect of what photography tries to satisfy.”

After the announcement of the 2021 FotoFocus Symposium theme Telephotography, The Lens caught up with Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore to dive into the past, present, and potential of telephotography — and what ideas are percolating with this fall's panelists.

FotoFocus: There’s a dual association with... Continue


The Full Feast of SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition

Posted on June 8, 2021

Four courses of classic films celebrating significant anniversaries in 2021 and simple, chef-created recipes — and accompanying videos — to cook alongside them, all in one place. Watch, eat, repeat.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition paired a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time. The monthly program ran March through June, 2021, and is now available here, no reservation required.

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Watch Party: Lens Mix

Posted on June 2, 2021

Talk doesn't have to be cheap. For example, these Lens Mix conversations with artists, curators, authors, historians, and more from October 2020 through May 2021.

Created in celebration of FotoFocus's tenth anniversary, Lens Mix was a monthly virtual conversation series connecting speakers from different fields to comment on film, photography, and lens-based art. The free series, moderated by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore, invited speakers to explore each others’ artistic practice and projects through intimate discussions.

Whether your pandemic schedule... Continue