2019 Biographies

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

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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  & Olfusen, ABSOLUT Vodka, "Think different" for Apple Computer and more. Laurence 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. Santa Clara 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.  

Tom Grill

Tom Grill started as a photojournalist living in Brazil doing photo essays and teaching photography at the University of Brasilia. As soon as he moved back to New York City he moved over to the commercial side of photography and shot to the top in the assignment business as the major talent for cosmetic companies such as L’Oreal, Revlon and Clairol.  At the same time, he became an innovator in the stock photo industry, where he was a founder and major photographer for several photo agencies, Tetra Images, Blend Images, and Comstock.   Tom’s fine art prints are found in numerous corporate and museum collections.  He is the author and co-author of eight technical books on photography, is known for his expertise on the subject and lectures frequently about photography.

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy is an American passionate photojournalist news photographer working for ZUMA Press. The  all-time Pulitzer Prize winner (four times) in journalism, graduated in 1980 from 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. Currently specializing in long-term documentary projects for ZUMA.


Angelika Hala

Angelika Hala is a New York photo editor and producer for STERN, Germany’s leading weekly general-interest magazine is 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. 

Gary Hershorn

Gary Hershorn 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. Started at Reuters in 1985, as Chief Photographer, Canada. During Gary's 29-year Reuters career, worked as a photographer in Toronto, Senior Photographer in Washington, Picture Editor-Americas and Global Sports Pictures Editor. Hershorn has covered as photographer: 17 Olympic Games, 24 Masters Golf tournaments, 24 Academy Awards, Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, World Cups, and major news events. Gary has a long-term personal project documenting the ever-changing skyline of New York City.

David Honl

David Honl has photographed cultures on 5 continents, including extensive coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, Honl has covered militaries in Western Africa, and the refugee crisis in Northern Iraq. David’s pictures have appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic, Men’s Fitness, and Stern to name a few. Represented by ZUMA Press for archive and assignments. Honl also holds patents for his innovative light modifiers in use by professionals around the globe via Honlohoto.

Lou Jones

Lou Jones is an artist, social documentarian, designer, author, and mentor. Jones eclectic career evolved from commercial to the personal. Spanned every format, artistic movement, and technological change. Fortune 500 to small businesses; assignments for major global magazines. Long-term projects on Olympics Games and pregnancy. Awards from Communication Arts Magazine, Travel Photographer of the Year and International Photographic Council (UN). Nikon recognizes Jones as a "Legend Behind the Lens". Exhibited in colleges and schools and 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. Dalle 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.

Ryan M. Kelly

Ryan M. Kelly, Pulitzer winner, is a freelance photojournalist based in Richmond, Virginia specializing in news and sports. Kelly was a staff photographer at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville when he covered the white nationalist Unite the Right rally and deadly aftermath during his final assignment at the newspaper. Kelly’s photograph of the fatal car attack won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography, and Ryan has been recognized with additional awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, and the Virginia News Photographers Association.

Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. Currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. Kemper was the photographer for, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Lewis’s monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ DVD, “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”, features a year's worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento.  Latest publications are photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide”. 

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