Soapbox Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s acclaimed photographer Michael Wilson is in our studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his long career, some of the many highlights, an exhibit of some of his photos of musicians going on at OTR’s Iris Bookcafé, and his exhibits that will be part of the upcoming Foto Focus.

Book review: Ohio Photographers: 1839-1900

Aug 22, 2014

Our Jane Durrell reviews a fascinating new book, Ohio Photographers: 1839-1900, by Diane VanSkiver Gagel. It shares the stories of hundreds of early photographers and how the art of photography grew in Ohio in the late 19th century.

There’s a wonderful photographic exhibit called Eye on Cincinnati now on display at the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati Gallery on Race Street, downtown. Jane Durrell learns more about this space, its mission and the current exhibition from Kit Anderson, executive director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and the exhibit’s artist, Tim Jeffries.


  Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning celebrates one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. The companion to a PBS American Masters episode that will air later this year, the book offers an intimate view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.

Over the Rhine’s Iris BookCafe & Gallery is currently featuring the photographic exhibit John Ganis: Consuming the American Landscape, based upon his 2003 book of the same name. Curator Bill Messer is with Jane Durrell to discuss the importance of these photos and Ganis’ current work along the US coastlines.

It started as a one-woman food monologue…then other famous foodies joined in…suddenly Peggy Sweeney-McDonald had a hit which she has now turned into a beautiful coffee table book. Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde…Life Stories about Food is now out and Barbara Gray learns all about it from the author.

Portraits in Faith

Jun 28, 2013

Daniel Epstein is a long time P&G leader, about to retire from his position as marketing director for a move to Toronto. During his many business travels, he has stayed for extra days to photograph people and discuss the role of faith in their lives. This project, called Portraits in Faith, is now an extensive, beautifully moving website at He joins Ron Esposito to discuss the genesis of this project and what future plans he has for the site and a future documentary.

Mary McCartney is the daughter of music royalty – her parents are Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney – and she has followed in her father’s vegetarian footsteps. She has just published Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking, and as our Barbara Gray learns, it’s full of great recipes and beautiful photography.

"I Could Pee on This"

Jun 14, 2013

Poetry takes on a distinctly feline voice with selections such as “Kneel Before Me,” “Who Is That On Your Lap,” and “Some Of My Best Friends Are Dogs.” This collection of cat verse (and accompanying photos), brought to us by Mark Perzel’s guest, Francesco Marciuliano (author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth), is aptly titled I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats.