L’oeil de la Photographie, By Jordan G. Teicher, October 25, 2016
This year’s FofoFocus Biennial, a month-long celebration of photography spanning Cincinnatti and the surrounding region, is bigger than ever. Exhibitions from more than 60 participating venues are included, and the biennial’s artistic director and curator, Kevin Moore, has contributed eight more of his own. So it might be forgiven if not every last one of the thousands of images presented quite fit the biennial’s theme, “the Undocument,” which is meant to explore, according to biennial literature, “alternative understandings of the documentary photograph—its claims to objective realism and simultaneous potential for pure fantasy.” While some of the photographers included in the biennial, including Bernd and Hilla Becher and Frank Gohlke, do, indeed, represent the more clinical side of the documentary spectrum, more often than not, the photographic smorgasbord delivers on its promise. The result is a rich, if sometimes overwhelming, tapestry of lens-based media—diverse, enticing and, fortunately, rarely ever what it seems to be at first glance.