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Loren Rex Cameron Tribute Event Videos

Posted on August 29, 2023

Loren Rex Cameron (August 28, 1959–November 18, 2022) was a pathmaking photographer, author, and transgender activist. His work is credited by many for its influence in bringing attention to the social and embodied realities of transsexual people. Two tribute events, in San Francisco and New York City, took place in July to honor the late artist. FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore shares a recap of the July 15 event at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in Lower Manhattan. Video recordings of both events are now available.

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2024 FotoFocus Biennial Call For Entry

Posted on August 15, 2023

FotoFocus is giving curators and artists an opportunity to pitch an exhibition and/or project to be featured in the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial and will award up to $10,000 in support for the selected 2024 FotoFocus Biennial project(s).

FotoFocus is excited to announce a Call for Entry opportunity, a new category for applicants to the upcoming 2024 FotoFocus Biennial. FotoFocus welcomes proposals from curators and artists in the region to activate a project (exhibition, installation, screening, performance,... Continue reading 2024 FotoFocus Biennial Call For Entry

Melvin Grier: It Was Always About the Work

Posted on June 15, 2023

With over three decades of experience at The Cincinnati Post and an accomplished career as an independent artist, photographer Melvin Grier (Cincinnati, OH) will open an exhibition at the Weston Art Gallery that serves as an expansive catalog of works that showcase his photographic journey. It Was Always About the Work is on view at the Weston Art Gallery from June 16–August 20, 2023.

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Mary Mattingly Named 2023 Guggenheim Fellow

Posted on May 9, 2023

2022 FotoFocus Biennial Artist Mary Mattingly was named as a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and plans to use this opportunity for a project, Shoal, that will utilize waterways common law as a workaround for public land laws. This will increase the accessibility of public food in New York City by continuing to change foraging and growing policy on public land. FotoFocus welcomed Mattingly to Cincinnati in April 2022 for the Telephotography Symposium and pieces from her project Pull were part of the 2022 FotoFocus Curated Exhibition, On The Line.

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FotoFocus Announces 2024 Biennial Theme

Posted on April 25, 2023

America’s Largest Photography Biennial Explores All Aspects of Stories Existing Outside the Frame

FotoFocus, the nonprofit arts organization championing photography and lens-based art, is pleased to announce the theme of the seventh edition of its FotoFocus Biennial is backstories. Held in October 2024, this edition will strive to uncover stories told through photography that may not be evident upon first glance. 

FotoFocus will welcome global artists, curators, critics, educators, and regional visitors to experience and participate in exhibitions, talks, performances, screenings,... Continue reading FotoFocus Announces 2024 Biennial Theme