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.
Jill Enfield is a world recognized name in alternative photography with many awards, grants and books on the subject as well as dozens of solo and group exhibitions and inclusion in museum and private collections. Enfield also focuses on digital photography teaching at Parson’s The New School for Design in NYC. Recently, Enfield spent 3 weeks in Israel, making cyanotype murals along the Jordan River. The artwork is currently traveling in the Middle East to generate awareness for the Jordan’s pollution as well as support for the areas solar power. Enfield is currently working on her third book, due out in late 2016.
ROBERT FARBER's global recognition has been established through his books, fine art exhibitions, lectures, TV interviews and award winning advertising campaigns, all in the genre of fashion, beauty, nudes and still life. His style is known and respected, influencing generations of photographers. Farber's ten photo art books have sold over half a million copies. His "Farber Nudes” was included in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis estate collection. His fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form, and exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Presently in development for PBS is a documentary highlighting his life and career.
Beth Filler, an accomplished photo editor with the iconic magazines People and Rolling Stone, is an inspirational leader recognized for her passion for visual storytelling and her strong creative judgment. Filler’s notable achievements include overseeing People’s 25th Anniversary Edition photography; establishing the photo department for WHO, People’s Australian edition and coordinating Annie Leibovitz’s photo shoots at Rolling Stone. After a famed 24-year career with People, her enthusiasm for photography as a freelance photo editor continues.
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.
Carol Guzy is a four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist who began her career as an intern at the Miami Herald. Upon graduation from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale she was hired as a staff photographer at the Herald before moving on to the Washington Post. Carol has been honored 3 times with the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News and once for Feature Photography. She was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year three times by the National Press Photograpers Association and eight times by the White House News Photographer Association. She is currently a freelance photojournalist specializing in long term documentary projects.
Gregory Heisler is a photographer and educator renowned for his technical mastery. His hands-on approach to image making is visible in his iconic portraits and innovative visual essays in publications including Life, Esquire, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Geo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The N.Y. Times magazine, his more than 70 cover portraits for TIME magazine, and his ad campaigns for American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar's, Merrill Lynch, and Nike. Heisler is currently Distinguished Professor of Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. His bestselling new book, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, is in its third printing.
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.
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.