Instructor Biographies

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

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Rolando Otero

Rolando Otero, a photojournalist for 30+ years. Working at newspapers know for excellence in photojournalism: The Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and South Florida Sun Sentinel, first staff photographer and later award-winning top photo editor and finally, Deputy Director of Photography. A skilled visual leader in traditional print media and digital platforms. Producing web-ready video content and fluent in social and digital media. Running a staff of photographers, capturing storytelling images and videos quickly that give their readers "real-time" news coverage and working on long-term projects on social issues, using still, multimedia and video photography.


Rob Passman

Rob Passman is New Jersey based District Sales Manager for Leica Retail and an avid Leica photographer. He brings 18 years of experience working with other photographers, focusing on his own passion for the quality and simplicity of Leica cameras. From candid images of his two children to street photographs created on business trips, Rob always has a camera ready. https://www.instagram.com/robpassman/


Robert Pledge

Robert Pledge was born in London in 1942. Moved to Paris in 1951. Imprisoned in Chad in 1970. Co-founded Contact Press Images in New York in 1976. Accompanied Robert Frank to China in 2007. Curated major worldwide exhibitions. Edited books including Red-Color News Soldier with Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng; 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World with American photographer David Burnett; Don McCullin: The impossible Peace with the legendary British war photographer; Quelque part en France with the late John Morris. Member of the boards of trustees of The W. Eugene Smith Fund (New York) and La Dotation Catherine Leroy (Paris).


Robin Rayne

Robin Rayne is an internationally-published magazine photojournalist, specializing in disability rights, social justice, and gender diversity. In a career spanning 35-years, her work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Paris Match and Der Spiegel, among dozens more. Robin’s work is syndicated globally by ZUMA Press photo agency. Robin also produces documentary films for disability-focused non-profit organizations and educational institutes, and frequently speaks at photojournalism seminars on the importance of personal projects. Robin, who is non-binary, is married and lives in Canton, Georgia.


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Gesi Schilling

Gesi Schilling is a Miami-based photographer whose work spans a wide range of genres. Her first foray into photography was an internship at Foto8 and Host Gallery in London. Soon afterward, she began working for the Miami Herald’s photo desk, eventually becoming a photo-journalist for the paper. Since, Schilling has expanded her practice, documenting more than 200 weddings around the world, producing photo and video content for the O, Miami Poetry Festival, among various other non-profit institutions, and exhibiting her work in numerous solo and group shows around the country. She received a BA in visual anthropology from the University of Florida, Gainesville.


Ginny Rose Stewart

Ginny Rose Stewart is an artistic portrait photographer living in Buffalo, NY and servicing the surrounding area. She started her career 11 years ago as a portrait and wedding photographer and is known for her visually rich, salutary and aesthetically unpretentious works. With a strong focus on photographing women, Ginny’s ultimate goal is empowering women to believe in and acknowledge their magic and to feel the beauty and power of being a woman.


Ruaridh Stewart

Ruaridh I. Stewart, ZUMA Press News Director, oversees the work of a team of top Photo Editors and is the chief point of contact for all incoming and outgoing images from ZUMA photographers, Newspapers and partners Agencies around the world. An editor on zReportage.com and DOUBLEtruck Magazine team editing photo essays, which regularly win top awards. Prior to joining ZUMA, Stewart left his home country Scotland and spent a decade in Asia, Based in Hong Kong, assignments took him all over the world. Multiple award winner as a photographer and now picture editor, Stewart recently won several editing awards from prestigious Communication Arts.


Matt Stock

Matt Stock developed his signature style of Painting with Light in the Dark® after building his career fusing art and science. Stock’s knowledge of his craft and innovative methods have led to many honors and awards including works in the permanent collection of Biscayne National Park and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, presenting speaker with TEDx Coconut Grove, recognition as one of five experts in night photography by Shutterbug Magazine’s 2014 Expert Photography Techniques Magazine, one of thirty artists representing the National Park System’s Centennial Anniversary. He was also recognized in 2017 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Adam Stoltman

Adam Stoltman is a photographer, editor, media developer and consultant involved in traditional and digital media for over 30 years with companies like The New York Times, Time Warner, Eastman Kodak and Walt Disney. He has covered 12 Olympics Games with his work appearing in magazines worldwide. As the Sports Picture Editor at The New York Times, and as an editor on The Sunday Times Magazine, Stoltman was part of a team that produced award-winning visual coverage. He has also served as deputy picture editor for feature photography at Sports Illustrated.


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