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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.


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Q&A with Australian Photographer and Filmmaker Ian Strange

Posted on June 21, 2022

Australian artist Ian Strange will create new photographic and film works for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, organized by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore. Strange’s series will incorporate homes in Cincinnati through light-based installations with the end result on exhibition in October during the Biennial. 

Australian artist Ian Strange will create new photographic and film works for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, organized by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore. Strange’s series will incorporate homes in Cincinnati through light-based installations with the end result... Continue


FotoFocus Announces Over 100 Projects Debuting at 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record

Posted on June 7, 2022

America’s Largest Photography Biennial Returns in October With 90 Participating Venues, Over 600 Artists, Curators, and Partners, and Wide Array of Exhibitions, Art Installations, Performances, and Screenings That Explore Photography’s Extensive Record of Life on Earth.

FotoFocus is pleased to announce its list of participating venues and projects for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, the sixth edition of the largest photography and lens-based art biennial in America. A record number of 90 venues across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton, and Columbus will take part in the month-long celebration of photography... Continue


Q&A with Cincinnati Photographer Tina Gutierrez 

Posted on May 3, 2022

Costume has long been used as a form of expression and communication. A series that could only be made in the time of Covid-19, Tina Gutierrez’s project titled Covid-19, Coronavirus Wearable Art Response Project allows participants to share their feelings toward the pandemic through clothing, costume, or other wearable art.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) will present a solo exhibition of photographs by Cincinnati photographer Tina Gutierrez titled Covid-19, Coronavirus Wearable Art Response Project. The exhibition will run from May 7 to July 2, 2022 with a free Opening... Continue


Coming Soon: A Double Feature of Major FotoFocus Programming in 2022

Posted on December 16, 2021

All of the pandemic pivoting of the past two years means big things — like a FotoFocus Symposium and a FotoFocus Biennial — in the new year. Get the scoop here, and get excited for future you.

FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography

Originally scheduled for October 2021, Delta had other plans for this Symposium. As the variant picked up pace, FotoFocus rescheduled Telephotography for April 9 & 10, 2022.

"It’s about connectivity,... Continue


How the Cincinnati Region Has Used the FotoFocus Emergency Art Grant

Posted on October 20, 2020

Much has happened since the spring. With the pandemic preventing the Biennial from proceeding as planned, FotoFocus redirected its funds to support arts organizations of all sizes. Here's a look at how local partners have implemented their emergency grants to support and expand their missions.

In April, ​FotoFocus pledged part of the 2020 FotoFocus Biennial budget to financially support the region’s art community during the coronavirus pandemic. Over 100 Participating Venues and Partners received a total of ​$800,000 in the form of the ​FotoFocus Emergency Art Grant​.... Continue