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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.


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


In a Year of Uprising, An Open-Air Art Exhibition Heeds the Call

Posted on November 12, 2020

Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Art Beyond Boundaries look to generations of creative talent to respond to systemic racial injustices—and to continue a decades-long demand for change, with art.

"I’m pretty long in the tooth," says Jymi Bolden. "I’ve been around here for a little while." He laughs, sitting outside his Main Street gallery, and continues on. We're talking about the genesis of UPRISING, an exhibition he curated for Kennedy Heights Arts Center in collaboration with Art Beyond... Continue


Seeds, Great Lakes, and Light: Three Ohio Venues Focus on the Environment in Art Photography

Posted on November 5, 2020

In a global pandemic, the interconnected nature of humans and the environment across jurisdictional boundaries and bodies of water is blindingly clear. What's also clear, in the current exhibitions at Dayton Art Institute, Rosewood Arts Centre, and 1628 Ltd., is how enduring, fragile, and essential that ecological connection is.

Archiving Eden: Dornith Doherty PhotographsDayton Art Institute

Since 2008, photographer Dornith Doherty has kept her eye to seed banks around the world, traveling to 18 different vaults and research centers on five continents to see just how... Continue


Slice of Life: A Grocery Store Deli Serves as a Fount of High-Art Photography

Posted on October 14, 2020

At University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery, Nebraska photographer Ella Weber finds meaning in monotony behind a Midwestern deli counter.

Ham. Honestly, it’s not for everyone. But for Nebraska-based artist Ella Weber, it has been an unlikely vehicle for artistic expression. In her ongoing tenure as a deli clerk at a large grocery store chain, Weber has created photographs about that sometimes surreal experience. In her exhibition This Feels Nice, showing at University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery with The Blue House Arts... Continue


A Public Art Project Becomes a Study in Solidarity

Posted on September 16, 2020

Photographer Nikita Gross collaborated with ArtWorks apprentices to create Heart and Soul, a city-wide outdoor portrait exhibition.

Before the pandemic throttled art shows all over the city, photographer Nikita Gross was poised to exhibit what was, for her, a characteristic project: Through a relationship with ArtWorks, Gross would present oversized photographs of womxn affixed to alley walls around the city. The show was meant to portray womxn—and the female persona—as larger-than-life and, says Gross, to “reclaim public space on behalf of the feminine.”

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