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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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The Fabric of our Lives

Posted on April 15, 2021

Opening May 15, Weston Art Gallery exhibits Material Message: Photographs of Fabric.

We’re surrounded by it, but we hardly give it a second thought: Fabric literally covers our bodies and homes, and it can change, represent, and even help create our identities. To explore this relationship, the Weston Art Gallery is showing photographs and other works, curated by Mount Vernon–based photographer Marcella Hackbardt, beginning May 15. The exhibition title, Material Message, hints at the show’s thesis: That fabric communicates meaning in our shared lives, for... Continue


Art For All: CampSITE Sculpture Park is Camp Washington’s Crowd-Sourced Hub for Art

Posted on March 11, 2021

Artists and residents share a public display of community creativity with an outdoor rolling roster of exhibitions.

What started as a pet project by Camp Washington resident and artist Sean Mullaney became a full community effort to showcase public art while simultaneously activating a once-vacant space. Mullaney, a designer and inventor, was using his property, an empty lot that used to hold two now-demolished buildings, to showcase his own outdoor sculpture works. He and resident artist Lacey Haslam, a staffer at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and director of... Continue


“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


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