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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.


The Fabric of our Lives

Posted on April 15, 2021

Opening May 15, Weston Art Gallery exhibits Material Messages: Photographs of Fabric.

We’re surrounded by it, but we hardly give it a second thought: Fabric literally covers our bodies and homes, and it can change, represent, and even help create our identities. To explore this relationship, the Weston Art Gallery is showing photographs and other works, curated by Mount Vernon–based photographer Marcella Hackbardt, beginning May 15. The exhibition title, Material Messages, hints at the show’s thesis: That fabric communicates meaning in our shared lives, for... Continue


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


Weston Art Gallery Presents: Charles Woodman

Posted on April 10, 2014

March 28–June 8, 2014

East Gallery

Charles Woodman (Cincinnati, OH) creates multi-image video installations drawn from images and observations of nature. In a fast-paced world oversaturated with electronic stimulation, his contemplative videos provide a poetic and meditative experience for the viewer. Passages features Woodman’s newest series of video installations and a performance component.

Sponsored by FotoFocus

viDEO sAvant presents Lateral Thinking Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m. Live Audio/Visual Improvisation at the 21C Museum Hotel. Admission is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk with Charles Woodman Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Weston Art Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public. Continue