Photo by Jacob Drabik

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.


Q&A with Cincinnati Photographer Tina Gutierrez 

Posted on May 3, 2022

Costume has long been used as a form of expression and communication. A series that could only be made in the time of Covid-19, Tina Gutierrez’s project titled Covid-19, Coronavirus Wearable Art Response Project allows participants to share their feelings toward the pandemic through clothing, costume, or other wearable art.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) will present a solo exhibition of photographs by Cincinnati photographer Tina Gutierrez titled Covid-19, Coronavirus Wearable Art Response Project. The exhibition will run from May 7 to July 2, 2022 with a free Opening... Continue


FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography Recap

Posted on April 19, 2022

Originally set for October 2021 and rescheduled due to Covid’s Delta variant, the FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography took place April 9 and 10, 2022. Through a series of panels, lectures, and film screenings, attendees had the opportunity to engage with artists and academics as they discussed both historic and current themes in photography.

Artist Spotlight: Moyra Davey (Photo by Jacob Drabik)

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Pride of Place: Photographer Iwan Baan and “Designing for People?”

Posted on April 8, 2022

Architecture photography—that is, photographs with the sole purpose of showing specific works of architecture—has evolved dramatically through time. FotoFocus discusses the past, present, and future of architectural photography with symposium panelist, Iwan Baan.

Photo: Iwan Baan

Architecture photography—that is, photographs with the sole purpose of showing specific works of architecture—has evolved dramatically through time. Once dominated by simple, out-of-context compositions, these photos now frequently include people living and interacting with the building in question. 

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Photo Op: FotoFocus Symposium Breaking News Panel Q&A 

Posted on April 7, 2022

FotoFocus met up with two of the participants from its “Breaking News” symposium panel to be held April 9 at Memorial Hall. Associated Press photojournalists Maye-E Wong and Dieu-Nalio Chery address misconceptions about the field and share some best practices for how to approach their photography subjects.

(Left to right) Maye-E Wong by Patrick Sison & Dieu-Nalio Chery by Valerie Baeriswyl

The FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography includes a “Breaking News” panel that tackles the vital part that photojournalists play in... Continue


FotoFocus to Open New Arts Center in Cincinnati

Posted on April 6, 2022

Inaugural FotoFocus Center Marks Major New Chapter for the Nonprofit Dedicated to Championing Photography and Lens-Based Art

FotoFocus, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization dedicated to championing photography and lens-based art, today announces its plans to construct and open a new arts center in Cincinnati by 2024. The two-story, 14,700 square feet FotoFocus Center, located at 228 East Liberty Street, will be a world-class venue purpose-built to present a wide range of curated exhibitions, educational events and film screenings each year, furthering FotoFocus’s mission of enriching our understanding of photography.

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