2019 Biographies

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

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Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy is an internationally known visual journalist with extensive print and digital experience. Kennedy has held positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia for the Washington Post, Director of Photography for the National Geographic Society, Deputy Graphics Director for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Managing Editor/Digital News for PBS News Hour. During his career, Kennedy has created, directed, and edited visual journalism stories that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards. Currently, he is the Executive Director for the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

Julie Adair King

Julie Adair King has introduced millions to the joy of digital photography through her best-selling book, Digital Photography For Dummies, now in its 8th Edition. King is also the author of a series of For Dummies guides to Canon, Nikon, and Olympus cameras. Julie’s other books include Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop for Photographers, Digital Photo Projects For Dummies, and Digital Photography Before & After Makeovers. When not writing, Julie leads digital-photography workshops that help beginning and intermediate photographers take their skills to the next level.

Evan Jane Kriss

Evan Jane Kriss, a cutting-edge content curator, conceives compelling creative solutions and produces engaging content for a range of media outlets. Recently a Contract Business Affairs Manager in Marcom at Apple, curating, developing and licensing content used in marketing deliverables to demonstrate functionality in various Apple devices. Formerly the Photo Editor of The Washington Post Magazine, Picture Editor at The New York Times Magazine, and at TIME. Presently a Content Curator at Catch & Release Television, an award-winning content curation and licensing company hired by top ad agencies and brands to source compelling content for use in television ads; and a Reviewer with Eyeist.

Erika Larsen

Erika Larsen is a photographer and multi-disciplinary storyteller known for her essays, which document cultures that maintain close ties with nature.  Larsen’s work has been included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic Museum, and Fotografiska Museum. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar for her study of the North Sámi language, resulting in her first monograph, Sámi Walking with Reindeer, released in 2013. She is currently a fellow with the National Geographic Society.

Richard P Liebowitz

Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law, related to copyrights, at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC. He is a 16-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA) and has produced award-winning photojournalism. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hofstra Law School, Richard now helps his fellow photographers and other artists around the world resolve their copyright infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis. As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and he is passionate about helping the creative community.

J. Tomas Lopez

J. Tomas Lopez is Professor and Chair of The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami and a fine art photographer. Tom’s work has been showcased in over three hundred and fifty group exhibitions and forty solo exhibitions. His photographs are in many permanent collections such as the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, La Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris; the International Museum of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has been the recipient of national and international awards, among these; the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Individual Artist Grant, and the Cintas Foundation Fellowship.

Greg Lovett

Greg Lovett award-winning photographer at The Palm Beach Post, won college journalism’s most vaunted award: the William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Championship. Lead to his first full-time job:  at The Miami News. Moved over to Post and since earned a long list of awards, including Cox Photographer of the Year – four times. Member of Post's 1992 and 2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalist team. Greg’s work includes striking portraits and landscapes as well as moments of profound tragedy and joy. Also a well-regarded picture editor and led the Multimedia Department for two years before returning to his favorite role as a photographer.

Robin Loznak

Robin Loznak award-winning nature and editorial photographer based in rural western Oregon. Spent 20 years as a newspaper photojournalist in Montana and Oregon. Currently, he is a contract photographer with the ZUMA Press Wire Service. Featured worldwide in magazines, websites, and books. Loznak is known for his quirky and intimate wildlife images. Since 2015 he has been closely following a group of young Americans as they fight, a landmark climate change lawsuit against the federal government. When not taking pictures, he raises hazelnuts on his family owned 500-acre ranch in Oregon. 

Scott Mc Kiernan

Scott Mc Kiernan is a media industry leader and photojournalist. His leadership of the ZUMA Press family of companies, as well as decades of wide-ranging experience in photography has proven to be instrumental in establishing one of the world’s largest editorial photo news agencies, ZUMA Wire, which was launched in 1992 as the internet's first database for editorial pictures. A quarter century later, ZUMA Wire Service is the agent to the world's most respected newspapers and magazines with over 33+ million images online. In 2016 Mc Kiernan won the prestigious Jim Gordon Award from the NPPA for Editor of the Year.

Jean Miele

Jean "Gino" Miele photographs explore the borderlands between fiction and reality and reflect his lifelong interest in perception, spirituality, and mysticism. Miele’s images remind us that moments of perfection are possible and that we create our own reality. Gino believes every photograph is an act of transformation, and that the photographs we make tell us more about ourselves than about what was in front of the lens. Miele's photographs have appeared in thousands of publications, and his original prints exhibited and acquired by collectors worldwide. Gino's workshops empower students to realize their own photographic vision. Check out: jeanmiele.com and facebook.com/JeanMielePhotographer.

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