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The Lens

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.

Artist Run: The Continuing Legacy of Cincinnati’s Artist-Run Spaces

Posted on March 12, 2024

Cincinnati has long been an incubator for experimental, outsider, and DIY arts activities. Some would argue that it’s because Ohio is a flyover state—or perhaps it’s due to a lack of robust institutional support for local artists, or simply because of a lack of a strong collector and commercial gallery system—that artists here are more willing to step outside of the conventional white-walled box to create unique art experiences. Whatever the reason, Cincinnati has a history of artist-run spaces in spades. There is a joy, freedom, and willingness to “make it work” that is found largely in artist-run spaces. Artists identify... Continue reading Artist Run: The Continuing Legacy of Cincinnati’s Artist-Run Spaces

More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos

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By harnessing the power of personal narratives and universal themes of resilience, peace, and hope that connect us across borders and experiences, More than Meets the Eye encourages viewers to see their own lives and communities through a new and empathetic lens. Inspired by a visit from 12-foot puppet Little Amal in 2023, A Picture’s Worth and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra began collaborations in an effort to help people better understand the experiences of immigrants and refugees through art. The exhibition consists of photographs of, and provided by, local immigrants and refugees, as well as companion audio stories that... Continue reading More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos

Another First Impression

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Another First Impression explores the nuance within communities of color across the Midwest. This group exhibition brings together six artists from across the region to present a collection of original photographs, essays, and interviews that invite the viewer to embrace the complexity of the Midwest's diverse tapestry. Featuring artists from Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh, Another First Impression shines a spotlight on BIPOC communities that have long been marginalized or overlooked, capturing the essence of its people, landscapes, and cultures with honesty and reverence. Serving as a welcome mat, the exhibition extends... Continue reading Another First Impression

Acknowledge Reveal Disclose

Posted on May 22, 2023

Acknowledge Reveal Disclose is an exhibition of portrait photographs made by individuals from across the region who are active and passionate in their pursuit of photography. Many are not photographers by training or profession, and many have chosen to work in analog film processes. These individuals are part of an organically growing and highly energized community of picture-makers. The exhibition draws attention to and encourages the growth of that community.

Acknowledge Reveal Disclose aligns with the organization’s mission to encourage creative community. In its Community Gallery, the Fitton Center collaborates with area universities, schools, social service organizations, retirement communities,... Continue reading Acknowledge Reveal Disclose

On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith

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The works in this exhibition address a range of topics, spanning performance and the body, climate change, power, colonialism and identity, heritage, and territory. Collectively, they portray complex and contested relationships humans have with notions of environment, wilderness, nature, and place. The "line" metaphor is an organizing principle as well as reference to the precarity of this moment: at serious risk; caught, captured; following the path of a line. The exhibition emphasizes photography, in all its forms, as delivering a special charge to document while also grappling with historical expectations, enlarged geographies, and contemporary urgencies. The photographic documentation of various artistic interventions... Continue reading On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith