This section contains boigraphies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
Karine Ainger lives in Washington DC but was raised in Saudi Arabia. She has motorcycled through Vietnam, circumnavigated the globe by ship, and taught English in Taiwan. Karine was the senior picture editor for National Geographic Kids for nine years. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, GEOLino, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and BBC Wildlife. Now she leads photographic tours across the globe to destinations like the Galapagos and Tanzania. Through her travels, she started documenting animals and their relationships to humans in their own environment. She has worked with children all over the world to teach awareness and conservation.
Brendan Bannon is a photojournalist and educator whose work has been featured in The NY Times, Toronto Star, The Guardian, American Photo and Popular Photo. Bannon has collaborated with international NGOs Doctors Without Borders, Care, Oxfam and The UN High Commission for Refugees. His educational project Do You See What I See?, has been exhibited at the UN in NY and Geneva and most recently featured on Lens Blog.
Dr. Anthony Bannon is the executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, NY is the recipient of many awards and honors. Bannon is noted for his leadership in the Arts, cultural affairs, historic research and arts administration including the J. Dudley Johnson award for excellence in the history and criticism of photography from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. Dr. Bannon has served on many influential boards and arts councils and is currently on the selection board of the Hermitage; the Artist’s Colony near Sarasota.
Al Bello started his photographic career in 1990 as the Darkroom Manager for The Ring boxing magazine. He photographed boxing on the weekends while processing, and printing film during the week. In 1993, he landed a position as a junior photographer at Allsport which is now a part of Getty images. Since Joining Getty, Al has become Chief Sports Photographer in North America. He is assigned to cover sporting events worldwide. He will be covering his 12th Olympic Games this February in PyeongChang, South Korea. Al has won every photographic sports award possible and teaches at workshops, associations and universities worldwide.
Todd Bigelow is an LA based photographer who has handled assignment work for over twenty-five years from the world’s leading publications, foundations and corporations. He created ‘The Business of Photography Workshop’ in 2013 and it has been offered nationwide at universities, conferences and professional photo organizations. Geared toward photographers with an interest in a career producing images for media outlets, non-profits, foundations and corporations, the workshop provides a practical look at freelancing by delving into the issues freelancers contend with on a daily basis. PhotoShelter named it one of the 50 best workshops worldwide three years in a row.
Debbie Bondulic is a photo editor at The New York Times, covers NYTNow, Upshot and the Home Page. She was a principal in Sublime Management, a NY agency representing photographers and stylists, and a national photo editor at Newsweek, covering presidential elections, politics in DC, and national news events. As associate picture editor at LIFE, she edited and produced award-winning stories, including “Anorexia,” and “Sobriety High School,” and as a photo editor at People she produced the entire magazine for the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam War, 9/11, the Iraq War, and Hurricane Katrina.
James K. Colton is currently Editor-at-Large at ZUMA Press and Editor-in-Chief of zPhotoJournal.com. He began his career in 1972 at the Associated Press. Five years later he became Newsweek’s Director of Photography before joining Sports Illustrated as Photography Editor for 15 years. Colton was Jury Chairman for the World Press Photo contest in 2006, received an International Photography Awards “Lucie” for Picture Editor of the Year in 2007, was the recipient of the “Focus” award for Lifetime Achievement by the Griffin Museum in 2010 and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo.
Jack "Wow" Davis is a best-selling author and one of the world’s leading experts in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as being an award-winning photographer, designer and painter. Jack is coauthor of the bestselling (a million and a half copies+ in 12 languages) guides to Photoshop; The Photoshop Wow! series and How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography series. For over 30 years Jack has been an internationally renowned spokesperson on digital imagery and routinely teaches at conferences and workshops around the world. Davis was one of the first inductees into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the industry.
Mike Davis is the Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University where he teaches visual storytelling and runs the Alexia Foundation Grant competitions. He has been a picture editor and visual leader at National Geographic, the White House and several of America’s leading newspapers and was twice named newspaper picture editor of the year. Davis has been on the faculty of the Missouri Workshop, Mountain People’s workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the Northern Short Course. Mike is also an independent photography editor, working with visual story tellers around the world to elevate their photography.
Dennis Dimick served as executive environment editor at National Geographic until he retired at the end of 2015 after a 35-year career there. As a magazine editor he created projects on food and agriculture, world population, freshwater, energy, climate change, endangered species, public lands, and the American West. Dimick has received many picture editing awards from Pictures of the Year International and the Society of Environmental Journalists. A 19-time Missouri Photo Workshop faculty member, he received the Sprague Memorial Award from the National Press Photographers Association in 2013 for service to photojournalism.