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Why You Need To Experience FotoFocus 2016 Before It's Too Late

Cincinnati’s art community deserve huge props for this one.

I’m talking, of course, about FotoFocus Biennial 2016, the spectacular photography event that’s the talk of the town right now. It's a truly gorgeous collection of art. But it also happens to be an excellent example of what Cincinnati can do when its art community works together.


Ok, we’re about to get a little deep here, so hold on to your britches.

Photography is the dominant medium of our time. (Don’t believe me? Just pull out the camera-phone in your pocket and look up Instagram’s $35 billion valuation.)

Still, there’s an inherent problem with photography: We often assume photos are an unmediated, entirely truthful account of their subject matter. Take a photo of a rock and you’ve got... well, a rock.

But photography tells stories, not facts. It’s up to us to determine what those stories are. And like any storyteller, photographers rejoice in distortion, vagueness, and partiality, with the result that each photo takes us on a thrilling journey of discovery.

That’s the theme behind the FotoFocus Biennial 2016. Titled Photography, the Undocument, it’s a month-long, city-wide celebration of how photography reshapes its subject matter.

The photography is stunning – the best I’ve ever seen. Perhaps that’s because I’m an uncultured philistine who isn’t accustomed to being dazed by photography’s capacity for narrative. But I was. And I guarantee you will be too.


It would be utterly unhelpful of me to say, “Everywhere!” But that’s the truth. FotoFocus is everywhere (check it out), everywhere you’d expect to find compelling art. Here are just a few of the 60 venues:

Purchase a FotoFocus Biennial 2016 Passport for access to all the FotoFocus Biennial 2016 Participating Venues during the month of October and entrance into the FotoFocus curated exhibitions and receptions.

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I know you’re gonna want to know more, so here’s the FotoFocus Biennial 2016 website just for you. All the programs and locations are conveniently listed.