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FotoFocus Symposium Rescheduled for April 2022

Posted on September 15, 2021

In mathematics, the Greek letter Delta means change. In 2021, the Delta variant means the same.

The 2021 FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography was originally scheduled to take place in-person October 9 & 10. But as the era of Such Interesting Times We Live In churns on — and with it, Covid-19 — FotoFocus has chosen to reschedule the Symposium for April 9 & 10, 2022. Because, well, the organization wants to share art and ideas with the public, not a virus.

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FotoFocus Curator Kevin Moore Talks Telephotography and the World After Covid

Posted on July 6, 2021

“It’s the literal, technological zooming in, bringing things closer — but also this idea of being connected to other people. It’s about the emotional aspect of what photography tries to satisfy.”

After the announcement of the 2021 FotoFocus Symposium theme Telephotography, The Lens caught up with Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore to dive into the past, present, and potential of telephotography — and what ideas are percolating with this fall's panelists.

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Thank You for Making AutoUpdate a Success!

Posted on October 29, 2019

The FotoFocus Symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age brought together a rich diversity of speakers to address digital technology’s impact on photography and video, and its disruption of art making and news cycles in a media obsessed world. This series of lectures and panel discussions included international artists and speakers addressing photography’s part in the current global crisis of information exchange; the fate of documentary filmmaking in a “post-truth” age; and a historical and philosophical assessment of digital imaging, past and future.

The accompanying exhibition, AutoUpdate, features 44 artists from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana who work at the intersection of photography and new media,... Continue


AutoUpdate Exhibition Artist Announcement

Posted on August 22, 2019

FotoFocus ​is pleased to announce the 44 artists selected from an open call for inclusion in the group exhibition ​AutoUpdate​, which examines technology’s impact on photography and video. Featuring artists from the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, their work will be on view from ​September 14 - November 16, 2019 at ​The Carnegie in Northern Kentucky. The reception will be held on ​October 4 from ​5-8pm with a special performance by artist ​Maggie Lawson at 7pm​.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Joey Aronhalt Trey Barkett Britni Bicknaver Tyler Bohm Jay Bolotin D Brand Emily Chiavelli Elena Dahl Robert Ladislas Derr Claudia Esslinger Jacqueline Farrara Valerie Sullivan... Continue

AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age Speakers and Schedule

Posted on August 1, 2019

The FotoFocus day-long symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age held at The Carnegie in Northern Kentucky on Saturday, October 5, will feature lectures and panel discussions from international artists, curators, journalists, and educators. The symposium invites speakers to review photography’s part in the current global crisis of information exchange; the fate of documentary filmmaking in a “post-truth” age; and offers a historical and philosophical assessment of digital imaging, past and future.

Preeminent artist Trevor Paglen will be the keynote speaker, addressing the symposium’s theme of digital technology’s impact on photography and... Continue