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

Opening Party

Step right up shutterbugs and snappers! On Friday, October 5, 8 PM to 1 AM, FOTOFOCUS Cincinnati presents SIDESHOW, the greatest street party Cincinnati has ever known! You’ll be stunned and amazed as Backstage Theater District Alleys transform into a vintage/high-tech carnival complete with music by Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeremy Barnes’ new band, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, food, booze, entertainment, stunts, daredevils, artist-made games, rides, and even an audio-visual fun house. Don’t miss this first-ever kick off party for the first-ever FOTOFOCUS. Passports for this event are also available at the door.

Closing Party

FOTOFOCUS pays homage to the shadows and impulsivity of the human spirit with CARNEVIL, FOTOFOCUS’ Halloween Closing Party at the Haunted Historic Thompson Estate, 24 East 3rd Street, Newport, Kentucky on Saturday, October 27.

Focus Level - $250
($475 for two)

Space is limited at FOCUS Passport events.

Friday, September 21

6:30-10:00 PM Contemporary Arts Center Curator Talk and Members Opening, Image Machine: Andy Warhol and Photography

Thursday, September 27

7:00-9:00 PM Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery/Aronoff Center for the Arts Preview Party, Anthony Luensman, Taint

Wednesday, October 3

12:00-3:00 PM 12:00-3:00 PM Holy Cross Church at the Mount Adams Monastery Brunch and Exhibition Walk- through / Gravity of Light exhibition with artists Doug and Mike Starn, RSVP-Space is limited

Friday, October 5

6:00-9:00 PM Cincinnati Art Museum Members Opening, Doug + Mike Starn: Gravity of Light and Herb Ritts: L. A Style

7:00-8:30 PM Fath Auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum Lecture, Charles Churchward

8:00 PM-1:00 AM Party Backstage Theatre District Alleys Exclusive access SIDESHOW, FOTOFOCUS Kick-Off

Saturday, October 6

10:30 AM-1:00 PM Photography Collectors Home Brunch/Walk-Through with James Crump of private collection, RSVP

1:30-2:30 PM Gallery Talk Herb Ritts: L. A. Style with Paul Martineau, Charles Churchward, and James Crump

Tuesday, October 9

7:30-10:30 PM Photographer/collector residence Wine Pairing Dinner with Bill Frisell and his quartet, RSVP

Wednesday, October 10

8:00-9:30 PM The Emery Theatre Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project, RSVP

9:30 PM

The Annex at Japp’s Private Viewing, Mike Disfarmer photographs with Jazz, Cocktails, and Late-Night Supper

Thursday, October 11

Taft Museum of Art Members Opening, Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography

Saturday, October 13

4:00-9:00 PM Jurors Walk-Through THUNDERDOME · Invitational Juried Student Exhibition and Reception, Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Saturday, October 20

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Voltage Gallery Walk-Through, Light Castings: Photographic Installations by Jordan Tate and Anthony Pearson, RSVP

Saturday, October 27

8:30 PM - 2:00AM Haunted Historic Thompson Estate, Newport, KY Drink specials CARNEVIL, FOTOFOCUS Halloween Closing Party

Please RSVP at or 513.400.4027. Be sure to provide your name(s), event name, phone #, and email address.