The 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Program Week, which runs September 29–October 8, constitutes the core of the Biennial, establishing the theme and dialogues that unite the broader programming. Featuring keynotes lectures, conversations, screenings, and receptions with exceptional artists and curators, the Biennial Program is designed to inspire conversations about the world through photography and lens-based art.
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.
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
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
FotoFocus is pleased to announce the 44 artists selected from an open call for inclusion in the group exhibition AutoUpdate, which examines technology’s impact on photography and video. Featuring artists from the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, their work will be on view from September 14 - November 16, 2019 at The Carnegie in Northern Kentucky. The reception will be held on October 4 from 5-8pm with a special performance by artist Maggie Lawson at 7pm.PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Joey Aronhalt Trey Barkett Britni Bicknaver Tyler Bohm Jay Bolotin D Brand Emily Chiavelli Elena Dahl Robert Ladislas Derr Claudia Esslinger Jacqueline Farrara Valerie Sullivan... Continue
The FotoFocus day-long symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age held at The Carnegie in Northern Kentucky on Saturday, October 5, will feature lectures and panel discussions from international artists, curators, journalists, and educators. The symposium invites speakers to review photography’s part in the current global crisis of information exchange; the fate of documentary filmmaking in a “post-truth” age; and offers a historical and philosophical assessment of digital imaging, past and future.