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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 Full Feast of SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition

Posted on June 8, 2021

Four courses of classic films celebrating significant anniversaries in 2021 and simple, chef-created recipes — and accompanying videos — to cook alongside them, all in one place. Watch, eat, repeat.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition paired a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time. The monthly program ran March through June, 2021, and is now available here, no reservation required.

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Watch Party: Lens Mix

Posted on June 2, 2021

Talk doesn't have to be cheap. For example, these Lens Mix conversations with artists, curators, authors, historians, and more from October 2020 through May 2021.

Created in celebration of FotoFocus's tenth anniversary, Lens Mix was a monthly virtual conversation series connecting speakers from different fields to comment on film, photography, and lens-based art. The free series, moderated by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore, invited speakers to explore each others’ artistic practice and projects through intimate discussions.

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SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition sojourns to France with “Amélie” and Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel

Posted on May 26, 2021

It's all about the sauce with this month's recipes, and all about the scenes of Paris with the film.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.

To wrap up this spring's SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition, we're going classic: Amélie accompanied by French cuisine from Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel.... Continue


Zora J Murff On the Intersections of Art and Blackness in America

Posted on May 4, 2021

Artist Zora J Murff's works are investigations: of history, of systems, and of Black spaces. Read our conversation here, then tune in May 6 to hear his Lens Mix conversation.

An Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas, Zora J Murff received his MFA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Merging his educational experiences, Murff uses his practice to highlight intersections between various social systems and art.

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Aperture’s Incoming Executive Director Sarah Meister On Reimagining Photography’s History and Future

Posted on May 3, 2021

The outgoing MoMA photography curator talks picking up the invitation to interrogate the historical record, and the importance of asking why, in advance of her May 6 Lens Mix talk.

Right as she takes the helm of Aperture Foundation, longtime MoMA Photography Curator Sarah Meister joins artist Zora J Murff and FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore for a (virtual) Lens Mix conversation on May 6.

Here, we discuss what equity looks like in the photography world, why the... Continue