FOTOFOCUS, a nonprofit arts organization, champions the ubiquity of photography and its important role in contemporary culture.

FOTOFOCUS recaptures the spirit of Cincinnati’s legacy as an epicenter of art production and creative exchange, and seeks to revitalize that spirit for the 21st century. Acting as a catalyst for institutional collaboration and community engagement, FOTOFOCUS organizes a month-long biennial celebration spotlighting independently programmed exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art.

Launching in October 2012, with many of the showcased exhibitions continuing beyond, the FotoFocus biennial presents an unprecedented opportunity to learn about and experience the diverse currents of photography. FOTOFOCUS brings together museums, galleries, and universities showcasing world-renowned artists and national and regional standouts. Pop-up venues, community art centers, and other grass roots organizations explore current trends in photography with exhibitions featuring the work of emerging talents and students.

Distinguished by a curatorial mandate set forth in inaugural meetings with the region’s major art institutions and professionals, FOTOFOCUS is co-chaired by James Crump, Chief Curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Raphaela Platow, Alice and Harris Weston Director and Chief Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. FOTOFOCUS is a concept long envisioned by Thomas R. Schiff, a businessman, photographer, and lifelong champion of the medium and an advocate for institutional alliances, as exemplified by the Lightborne Visiting Artist and Lecture Series.

30+ Days | 50+ Venues | 500+ Artists


FOTOFOCUS Passports Now On Sale!

FOTOFOCUS offers a variety of ways to learn, connect, and become engaged and inspired by photography. While many FOTOFOCUS events are free to the public, the Passport Program offers enhanced access to FOTOFOCUS programming. Passport program levels FLASH ($25 individual), ZOOM ($75 individual), and FOCUS ($250 individual, $475 for two) offer a specific list of benefits for the professional photographer, student, art collector, educator, and art enthusiast. The FOTOFOCUS Passport features access to exclusive lectures, parties, sneak previews of exhibitions, performances, gallery talks with local and internationally recognized artists, and private dinners. FOTOFOCUS Passports are available Saturday, September 1 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts box office (513) 621- 2787, or online at


Public Preview

Doug + Mike Starn: Gravity of Light

Wednesday, October 3, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Cross Church, Mt. Adams Monastery, 1055 St. Paul Place, Mt. Adams

October 6 - December 30, 2012 Organized by James Crump for the Cincinnati Art Museum and FOTOFOCUS

To attend a private event with Doug and Mike Starn CLICK HERE