Instructor Biographies

This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.

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Barbara Ellison

Barbara Ellison has been a gardener since she was five years old and began her pursuit of photography a few years later. Combining gardening with photography, she specializes in botanical art from hand coloring to bookmaking. During her twenty-six-year career at Canon USA, she experimented on various and unusual substrates and became an expert in alternative printing. At her home in Virginia, she has created large botanical canvases that she installed in her floral landscape.


Laurence Gartel

Laurence Gartel is known as the FATHER of Digital Art for over 40-years. Gartel has been commissioned to produce work for Coca Cola, Philip Morris, NBA, Walt Disney, Gibson Guitars, Bang & Olufsen, ABSOLUT Vodka, "Think different" for Apple Computer and more. Gartel was the Official Artist for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Newport Jazz Festival, Monaco International Film Festival, and Feature of the 113th New York International Auto Show, and Oslo Motor Show in Norway. The Visionary of the 3D Print Conference and Keynote Speaker of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in San Diego. Gartel's show "Digital Titan" at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre was a "then and now" show of works from 1975 to 2018.


Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy is a passionate photojournalist news photographer working full time for ZUMA Press. The all-time Pulitzer Prize winner (four times) in journalism, graduated in 1980 from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Immediately hired by The Miami Herald, first as an intern and then as a staff photographer. Guzy was the first woman to receive the NPPA's Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award. Eight-time White House News Photographers Association honoree. 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Award for photojournalism. 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for her reportage, about the effects of the war against ISIS, on the civilian population of Mosul from the Overseas Press Club. Just back from Syria where she covered in-depth for months, the crisis and especially the Kurds, who are stuck in the world power crossfire. Currently specializing in long-term documentary projects for ZUMA, telling stories that need to be told!


Angelika Hala

Angelika Hala is a New York photo editor and producer for STERN, Germany’s leading weekly general-interest magazine known for its outstanding photography and original reportage coverage of news, human interest, politics, social issues, sports and entertainment on multi-page spreads. The magazine celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018. Angelika also works on the magazine’s line extensions CRIME, VIEW and JWD, special editions and book projects. 15+ years, produced photo features with award-winning photographers, helped develop new talent, enjoying the process of creating photographic narratives from single images to multi-page magazine spreads. Angelika is co-producer of Open Show New York.


Wendy Halsted

When the Halsted Gallery started in 1969, photography was still fighting for respect as a collectable art form.   In the past 50 years it has found its place as a highly collectable art form.  The lecture will focus on the history of the development of photography as a collectable art form and the business of fine art photography.  Wendy Halsted will use personal experience from the long history of the gallery and its role in establishing markets with artists such as Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Andre’ Kertesz  and many others as well as living contemporary photographers.


Gary Hershorn

Gary Hershorn is an award-winning Canadian photographer and picture editor. Currently the Photo Editor for Fox News Channel’s FOXnews.com. Hershorn’s 40-year career began in 1979 at United Press International in Toronto. He started at Reuters in 1985 as Chief Photographer, Canada. During Gary's 29-year Reuters career, he worked as a photographer in Toronto, Senior Photographer in Washington, Picture Editor-Americas and Global Sports Pictures Editor. Hershorn has photographed 17 Olympic Games, 24 Masters Golf tournaments, 24 Academy Awards, Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, World Cups, and major news events. Hershorn has a long-term personal project documenting the ever-changing skyline of New York City.


Lou Jones

Lou Jones' eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal and has spanned every format, artistic movement, and technological change. Jones has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses and completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world. Jones has initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books. His photography has been widely exhibited and is in numerous museum collections. Jones' first book: Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, won major awards. More recent books include Travel+Photography: Off the Charts and Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.


Daile Kaplan

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. Kaplan 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.


Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. Books include, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing; “Capturing the Light” which won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition; and His “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” which was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ training videos have been used by thousands of photographers, helping them with their photographic and post-processing skills. Lewis is currently a “Tamron Ambassador.” You can visit his website at www.lewiskemper.com


Julie Adair King

Julie Adair King has introduced millions of people to the joys of digital photography through her best-selling book Digital Photography For Dummies, now in its 9th edition. She has also helped new-camera owners make the most of their equipment through her For Dummies guides to Nikon, Canon, and Olympus cameras. Other titles include Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop for Photographers, Digital Photography Before and After Makeovers, and Shoot Like a Pro: Digital Photography Techniques. A native of Ohio, she graduated from Purdue University and lived in Indianapolis for many years before getting smart and relocating to sunny West Palm Beach in 2011.


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