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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.


FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography Video Gallery

Posted on May 27, 2022

Originally set for October 2021 and rescheduled due to Covid’s Delta variant, the FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography took place last month on 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. FotoFocus is excited to share videos from each panel. The full video gallery can be viewed on the FotoFocus website.

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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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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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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