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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.


Q&A with Guest Curator Nathaniel Stein

Posted on September 6, 2022

Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein is Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Stein holds degrees in art history from Wesleyan University and Brown University, where his doctoral research focused on the history of photography in India. Natural World will run September 30, 2022–January 15, 2023 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Passport holders have access to the member preview reception and artist conversation on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 5–8 pm.

Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein is Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Stein holds degrees in art... Continue


Q&A with Guest Curator Matt Distel

Posted on August 29, 2022

Matt Distel is the Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie in Covington, KY. Distel, a Cincinnati native, has been organizing exhibitions since 1994 with a particular focus on artists from the region. These Things Are Connected will run October 1, 2022–January 28, 2023 at The Carnegie.

Matt Distel is the Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie in Covington, KY. Distel, a Cincinnati native, has been organizing exhibitions since 1994 with a particular focus on artists from the region. Prior to joining The Carnegie, Distel held curator roles at the Cincinnati Art... Continue


Q&A with Guest Curator Ariel Goldberg

Posted on August 24, 2022

Ariel Goldberg is a writer, curator, and photographer based in New York City. Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s, curated by Goldberg, will run September 30, 2022–February 12, 2023 at the Contemporary Arts Center. Passport holders have early access to the member preview on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6–8 pm.

Ariel Goldberg is a writer, curator, and photographer based in New York City. They are an experienced educator and have taught photography, writing, and contemporary art practices at numerous universities including Bard College,... Continue


Coming Soon: A Double Feature of Major FotoFocus Programming in 2022

Posted on December 16, 2021

All of the pandemic pivoting of the past two years means big things — like a FotoFocus Symposium and a FotoFocus Biennial — in the new year. Get the scoop here, and get excited for future you.

FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography

Originally scheduled for October 2021, Delta had other plans for this Symposium. As the variant picked up pace, FotoFocus rescheduled Telephotography for April 9 & 10, 2022.

"It’s about connectivity,... Continue


The Biennial in Book Form: Three Volumes to Add to Your Shelves

Posted on October 30, 2018

The 2018 Biennial theme Open Archive sparks a multitude of thoughts and inspiration. Behind each curated show, featured photograph, and careful performance lie layers of narrative and woven experience, charged with texture and intertextuality. Which is why exploring the material behind this year’s exhibitions only adds to the intrigue—and the richness of the conversation.

Modular and multifaceted, the two-volume catalog No Two Alike: Karl Blossfeldt, Francis Bruguière, Thomas Ruff invites audiences to compare the three aforementioned artists in an open, flexible format. It juxtaposes the work of one of the most celebrated contemporary artists, the German photographer Thomas Ruff (b. 1958), with two important photographers... Continue