Accompanying Image / Photo Example: 

David La Spina, Couple Viewing Cincinnati Skyline, Covington, KY, 2011, C-print, 20 x 24", courtesy of the artist

Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati

811 Race St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 421-4469
Tuesday through Thursday 11 am–3 pm


Picturesque Cincinnati Then and Now: A Historic Photographic Record of Cincinnati
September 18–October 31

Exhibition Reception
Tuesday September 18, 6 pm–8 pm 

A thriving business at the turn of the 19th century, the Kraemer Art Company photographed, manufactured, and sold postcards of scenic Cincinnati. In the days before the emergence of mass-produced cameras, the postcard was a highly collectible, accessible and popular source of imagery for millions. Today, collectors and historians alike prize Kraemer post cards. Dealers and venues (such as the online auctioneer eBay) frequently feature Kraemer postcards, ranging from 50 cents to more than $10. Picturesque Cincinnati, Then and Now: A Historic Photographic Record of Cincinnati presents selected Kraemer images and accompanying text offering a unique look at the architecture and culture of the Queen City at the close of the Gilded Age.

The exhibit features recognizable street scenes and significant buildings (some since-demolished), as well as general scenes of turn-of-the century culture and streetscape in Cincinnati.

A companion exhibit features contemporary images of urban and suburban street scenes by photographer David La Spina, of large color photos examining the current landscape. Based in Hudson, New York, La Spina earned a BFA in advertising photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in photography at Yale University in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, The New York Times Magazine published monthly features of his documentary project on the slow food movement in the United States. Exhibits of his work include X Initiative, David Zwirner Gallery, the Aperture Foundation Gallery, Gigantic Art Space, Eighth Veil Gallery 339, and Galerie Thomas Flor. La Spina’s work has been published in Blind Spot, and he co-hosts a monthly radio show on photography. He is visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Incorporated in 1982, the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati enriches the Greater Cincinnati community by connecting people with the places they live, learn, work, and play. The Foundation is housed in a renovated historic property in downtown Cincinnati. Through its programming and educational outreach, the Foundation encourages public engagement in shaping the built environment.