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.


A Long Intermission: Searching for Cinematic Moments During Covid-19

By C. Jacqueline Wood, FotoFocus Film Curator at Large

Posted on September 9, 2020

Whether it's an increase in binge-watching or awareness of daily sights and sounds, the pandemic lockdown has permanently changed the way we, individually and collectively, relate to film—in ways we are still discovering.

While theater marquee lights remain dim—displaying words of wisdom rather than movie showtimes—many of us continue to experience meaningful cinematic moments outside of the traditional theater-going experience. The current pandemic has produced sweeping changes in how we consume media, altering what we watch and how we watch it. But at its core, film is a meditative... Continue


Two Local Institutions Expand Programming into the Audio-Video World

Posted on August 25, 2020

Going virtual does not have to mean stills on a screen, as Behringer-Crawford Museum and Lloyd Library & Museum prove with their moves to new multimedia experiences.

As the pandemic proceeds apace and options for in-person exhibitions remain narrow, many local arts institutions have expanded programming into the digital space. Two local museums provide a useful model for how to navigate this brave new world.

Behringer-Crawford Museum Doubles Down on a Planned Artist Feature

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The Allure and Pitfalls of Seeing Photographs, and the World, in Isolation

By Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator

Posted on August 19, 2020

Political crises are often abstract, even invisible—and thus difficult to record, particularly in a single frame. So how do we, in a state of isolation, move beyond the isolated image to see what's happening?

A friend pointed out recently that the months of isolation have made us not only worried and frustrated but also socially awkward. As we venture out of our pods, we are rusty at communicating, made worse by masks and other safety protocols. You can’t read facial expressions, you don’t know where someone has been, you... Continue


Wave Pool Pivots to Launch New Projects in Light of Covid-19

Posted on May 29, 2020

The Camp Washington art center worked fast to act on their mission of "pairing a community’s needs with artists’ sense of possibility" by distributing food and art, transitioning projects—and finding ways to pay artists.

For anyone familiar with the work of Wave Pool Art Center and its director Calcagno Cullen, their stunning agility and creative vision tied into social action is hardly a surprise. Throw in an unprecedented global pandemic, a screeching halt of society as we know... Continue