September 2014


Sample of photos from the Main Library exhibit


Come view Cincinnati as seen through the eyes and camera lenses of the region’s best photographers during the Frame Cincinnati photo exhibit Sept. 9–Nov. 2 in the atrium at the Main Library. This exhibit is part of FotoFocus Cincinnati, a month-long biennial celebration spotlighting independently programmed exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography.

Nearly 300 entries were received for this year’s contest, and 40 of those were selected for display. They range from iconic monuments to everyday moments. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati and the Friends of the Public Library.

Scenic River Views: Towns along the Ohio River

Scenic River Views

Cities and towns from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., have drawn their life from the Ohio River. See images that capture life along the major waterway during the Scenic River Views: Towns along the Ohio River exhibit, which features vintage photographs from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

“Scenic River Views gives us a glimpse of life along the Ohio River in the past century,” said Reference Librarian Diane Mallstrom. “From big city traffic in Pittsburgh to sleepy small town Cairo, the river was and still is a major transportation route that brings people to its banks.”

Scenic River Views will be on display Aug. 29 through Nov. 2 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library, downtown. Drawn from Library’s Inland Rivers Collection, this photographic exhibit features Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Louisville, as well as small towns such as Marietta, Madison and Paducah. Steamboats and a photographic history of river trade are well represented.

Double Vision exhibit
Children at the Old Main Library(Circa 1906)

Double Vision

As the world swiftly leaves behind the golden age of photo snapshots and albums—preferring digital cameras and now smartphones to capture photographs, take a step back in time and look at one of the most fascinating and innovative accomplishments in photographic history; the stereoscopic slide. Photos of conserved historic stereoscopic slides and digitally reproduced surrogates are on display at the Main Library in a new exhibit Double Vision: Seeing the World in Stereoscopic View on display in the Popular Library through Oct. 17.

For additional information about any of the exhibits listed please call our Programs & Exhibits Coordinator at 513-369-6944.