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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.


“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


The Carnegie Network

Posted on December 3, 2020

This Covington gallery uses its position in the community to foster relationships between artists, students, curators, and the public.

Covington’s The Carnegie is a unique space for so many reasons, not least of which is because of its history: It was built in 1904 as the Covington Public Library, a small part of the grand philanthropic plan of one Andrew Carnegie, once the world’s richest man who over a near-50-year period used his immense fortune to fund more than 1,600 public and university libraries around the country. Upon its... Continue


Behind the Lens with a Few Local Pros

Posted on November 20, 2020

Three local videographers detail their takes on interviewing, collaborating, and how best to tell a story through that dynamic medium.

All the average viewer sees of a video project is the final cut. And yet any pro knows that video, whether creative or commercial, requires extensive thought, planning, and coordination—and that’s before the editing even begins. We found three local videographers who take that approach further still, bringing a serious ethical and academic mindset to their work.

This month, FotoFocus sat down (remotely, of course) with... Continue