This section contains boigraphies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
Arnold H. Drapkin’s 10 years as Picture Editor of TIME won the magazine more than 200 awards for photographic excellence. Drapkin is the recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s Sprague Lifetime Achievement Award and the FOTOfusion® Golden Career Award. He was Director of the Parsons School of Design International Photographic Workshop student exchange program for seven years, and the FOTOfusion® Festival from 1996 through 2009 and served as a Photo Manager for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Currently a photographic consultant, Drapkin served as Director of Photography for the 1989 Bush Inauguration and as Photographic Consultant for the Clinton and George W. Bush Inaugurals.
Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, and educator. Through his writing and teaching, he has been helping photographers master digital photography and digital darkroom techniques since 1996. He leads workshops and seminars at venues across the country. He is the host of Mobile Photography Weekly, as well as many other online courses on Photoshop and digital photography on Lynda.com, and he is the co-author of Photoshop Masking & Compositing, Real World Digital Photography, and The Creative Digital Darkroom. He also offers personalized online consulting and training. His web site can be seen at http://www.seanduggan.com.
Laurence Gartel is known to the world as the “Father” of Digital Art for nearly 40-years. Gartel has traveled the world exhibiting his work in Australia, Spain, Germany, Italy and India. He has been commissioned to produce artwork on Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His corporate clients include Coca Cola, Philip Morris, Walt Disney, NBA, Gibson Guitars and Bang & Olufsen. He is most known for his Absolut Gartel ad for Absolut Vodka. In 2015 he was the Official Artist of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Staying on the cutting edge of technology, he was recently the Visionary of the 3D Print Conference in Santa Clara, California.
Melissa Golden is an editorial photographer who enjoyed a nomadic childhood courtesy of the U.S. Military. Her photography is directly influenced by all the places she’s called home and she has no plans to settle down. Over her diverse and unlikely career, she’s toured with rock stars, explored the hidden political sausage factories of DC, gone to prison multiple times, hitched a ride through a flooded trailer park in a monster truck, and once found herself in a chihuahua stampede. Melissa is represented by Redux Pictures and is regularly commissioned by CNN, Fast Company, the New York Times and others.
Kelli Reeed Grant is currently the Photography Director for Yahoo News. Kelli’s past posts in the industry include, the US Director for PixWays, a photo technology company based in Paris, whose platforms include PixPalace and PixTrakk, and a 13-year stint at Newsweek magazine serving her last seven as Director of Photo Operations. From war, sports and politics to fine art, Kelli has worked with photographers, photo agencies and publications of every genre around the world. She has served on the juries for the International Photography Awards, The Fence at Photoville, AP32, FotoEvidence book award and the 2017 World Press Photo contest.
Gary Hershorn began his career with United Press International in 1979 in Toronto, Canada. He started working with Reuters in 1985 as Chief Photographer, Canada when Reuters purchased the foreign service of UPI. During his 29-year career with Reuters, he worked as a photographer in Toronto, Senior Photographer in Washington, DC, Picture Editor-Americas and Global Sports Pictures Editor. As a photographer, Hershorn has covered 17 Olympic Games, 24 Masters Golf tournaments, 24 Academy Awards, Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups and World Cups. After leaving Reuters in 2014 he worked for the app Flipboard and now freelances in NYC.
Timmy Huynh (rhymes with Schwinn, therein, and tin) currently lives in New York City, via Columbia, Mo., Austin, Tex., Upland, In., and Lancaster, Pa. He enjoys napping, trying new restaurants, keeping up with all manner of sport, washing dishes by hand, and bouldering. He's always up for helping photojournalists edit their work, be it shaping a new project or re-doing a portfolio. He currently works at the Wall Street Journal as a photo editor and tech specialist, and if you're lucky, you might spot him on his kick-scooter heading into work.
Daile Kaplan, vice president of Swann Galleries, and director of Photographs and Photobooks, has set world auction records for fine art, documentary and vernacular photographs. A photographs specialist on Antiques Roadshow, Kaplan is a champion of photography in its myriad forms. She has contributed essays to Click!, Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012) and Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide (Appraisers Association of America, 2013). A certified, USPAP-compliant appraiser of photographs and photobooks, Kaplan was a board member of the Appraisers Association of America for twelve years, and currently serves on the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.
Lisa Krantz is a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas. Her work has been recognized by World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International (POYi) including the Community Awareness Award and third place Newspaper Photographer of the Year (2010 & 2015). She was part of the Express-News team named as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Feature Photography. She is a three-time National Press Photographers Assocation Region 8 Photographer of the Year. “A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity,” the story of Hector Garcia Jr.’s struggle with obesity in the last four years of his life, was screened at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France.
Evan Jane Kriss is an accomplished photographic editor, director and content curator who conceives compelling creative solutions and produces engaging content for a range of media outlets. Presently a Content Curator at Catch & Review Television, an award-winning content curation and licensing company hired by top ad agencies and brands to produce television ads for clients; and a Reviewer with Eyeist, a unique online portfolio reviewing service. Formerly the Photo Editor of the Washington Post Magazine, a Picture Editor at The New York Times Magazine, and held various roles within the photo department at Time Magazine.