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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 at 10: An Oral History

Posted on December 17, 2020

As FotoFocus celebrates its first decade, we get the behind-the-scenes scoop of how it started—and what the future holds—from eight people who have lived it.

I. Origin Story

TOM SCHIFF, Founder, FotoFocus and CEO, Lightborne: The idea started maybe 12 years ago or so with James Crump, who was the curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I mentioned to him that I thought there were never enough photography exhibits in Cincinnati. I thought, If we could have a photography festival in Cincinnati,... Continue


POSTPONED: Announcing Elaine Mayes as FotoFocus 2020 Visiting Artist

Posted on March 3, 2020

Dear FotoFocus Friends and Family,

We expect this will not come as a surprise, but we are deeply sorry to announce that we must reschedule our upcoming talk with Elaine Mayes and our SECOND SCREENS film screenings in April and May.

We can’t wait to share the amazing work and words of Elaine Mayes with all of you, as well as the inspiring, creative films that have helped bring us closer together as a community.

We will share new dates as soon as we can. Until then, we will be uploading videos... Continue


FotoFocus Presents: William Wegman

Posted on February 26, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:00pm Fath Auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Facebook Event for FotoFocus Presents: William Wegman Free and Open to the Public Early arrival is encouraged. Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Free parking is available. Public Reception A reception and book-signing will be held in the Great Hall immediately following the lecture. About the Artist Almost fifty years into his career, Wegman proves to be a living icon. He has worked with various media throughout his lifetime but continues to draw profound, global attention for his photographic portraits of Weimaraner dogs. Together, he and his dogs have been featured everywhere from the Smithsonian... Continue

FotoFocus Presents: Zoe Leonard

Posted on February 12, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00pm Fath Auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Free and Open to the Public Reservations are not required but early arrival is recommended. Free parking is available. Reception A public reception will be held in the Great Hall immediately following the lecture. About the Artist Zoe Leonard (b. 1961), a self-taught American artist and activist, has made an indelible mark on the way we see the world. She has spent her career challenging assumptions about documentary objectivity, organizing her subjects in a way that emphasizes subjectivity and visual authenticity, often examining the same subject—whether it’s shopfronts, chain link fences, or birds in flight—from... Continue

FotoFocus Presents: Larry Fink

Posted on February 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00pm Fath Auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Free and Open to the Public Reservations are not required, but early arrival is recommended. Free parking is available. Reception A public reception and book signing will follow the lecture in the Great Hall. About the Artist Larry Fink’s career spans ve decades with a body of work that explores class in America, depicting both the blue collar and the opulent elite in his distinctly unique and offbeat style. The artist will speak about the social and political nature of his work in a survey of his career to date, including recent photographs from the... Continue