This section contains boigraphies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
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.
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.
Steve Fine is currently the picture and sports editor at Flipboard, an app that has over 110 million monthly readers in 22 countries. He curates daily photo galleries around the world’s biggest events and creates long-form packages in the sports world. In addition to leading the social strategy for major sporting events, he maintains a magazine called The Shot, Flipboard’s destination for photography. Prior to joining Flipboard, Steve was the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated, leading a 25 member team of staff photographers and editors. Before that he was deputy picture editor at The New York Times Sunday Magazine and sports picture editor at the paper.
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.