2017 Biographies

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

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Lewis Kemper

LEWIS KEMPER iis widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. Lewis has published many books including “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Kemper’s monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. Lewis’ latest project “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”, features a years’ worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA.

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 is the author of several popular books about digital photography and image-editing, including the best-selling Digital Photography for Dummies, now in its 8th Edition. She is also the author of a series of For Dummies guides to Canon, Nikon, and Olympus cameras. Other books include Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop for Photographers, Shoot Like a Pro!: Digital Photography Techniques, and Digital Photography Before & After Makeovers.

Evan Jane Kriss

Accomplished photographic editor, director and content curator who conceives compelling creative solutions and produces engaging content for a range of media outlets.   Presently a Content Curator at Catch & Release Television, an award-winning content curation and licensing company hired by top ad agencies and brands to produce television ads for clients; and a Reviewer with Eyeist, a unique online portfolio reviewing service.  Previously was a Business Affairs Manager in Marcom at Apple, curating, developing and licensing content used in marketing deliverables.  Formerly the Photo Editor of The Washington Post Magazine,  a Picture Editor at The New York Times Magazine, and held various roles within the photo department at Time Magazine.  

Erika Larsen

Erika Larsen’s work uses photography, video and writing to intimately learn about cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She began working professionally as a magazine photographer in 2000 specializing in human-interest stories and sensitive cultural issues. She is a recipient of several grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, Women in Photography Individual Project Grant, Lois Roth Endowment and a World Press Award. Larsen is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine and is part of the Redux Picture Agency.


Sacha Lecca

Sacha Lecca is a photographer and the Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. He has had a 20-plus year career in print journalism with stints at the Guggenheim Museum, Newsweek, CMP Media, and his current photo editing position at Rolling Stone. 

J. Tomas Lopez

J. Tomas Lopez is a Professor in the department of Art at the University of Miami and a fine art photographer. He work has been shown in over three group exhibitions and thirty-five solo exhibitions and is in many permanent collections including 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 awarded the Florida Artist Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Award.

Ron Magill

Ron Magill has worked with wildlife for over 35 years and has had the privilege of having “hands-on” experience with a tremendous variety of animals. As Zoo Miami’s “Goodwill Ambassador”, he has made frequent television appearances on many programs including, “National Geographic Explorer”, the “Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The Late Show ”, “Dateline” and “CNN”.  Magill has written and produced many wildlife articles and his award-winning photographs have appeared in publications and galleries around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the world while developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy Award winning documentaries focusing on the wildlife of those regions.

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.

Morrigan McCarthy

Morrigan McCarthy is the national photo editor at The New York Times. Before working at the Times, she was an award-winning documentary photographer and a regular contributor to ELLE.com. McCarthy has lectured at institutions and festivals worldwide including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photoville, and various universities. The recipient of several grants, she attended the Eddie Adams Workshop and was the 2012 Maine Arts Fellow.


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