2019 Biographies

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

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This event will have more than one instructor.

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 and moved to Paris in 1951. A student of West African languages and anthropology and a jazz practitioner, he found his way into journalism and photography as a specialist of African affairs. In 1976 he co-founded the renown boutique agency Contact Press Images.  He has curated major photographic exhibitions throughout the world and sat on prestigious international juries. He has edited highly-acclaimed books including 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World with photographer David Burnett; Don McCullin: The impossible Peace with the British war photographer; Quelque part en France with the late John G. Morris. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of ‘The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund’ and the President of the Board of Trustees of the ‘Dotation Catherine Leroy’.


Robin Rayne

Robin Rayne is an internationally-published documentary photojournalist and writer based in Georgia, producing in-depth award-winning multi-media reportage of stories that needed to be told. 'Words paint pictures and pictures tell stories, and everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.’  She specializes in stories on social justice, disability issues, transgender rights, and human rights concerns, and serves as a staff documentary producer for the University of Georgia’s Institute on Human Development and Disability. Represented by ZUMA Press, she has appeared in most major news and business magazines globally such as TIME, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Der Spiegel, Paris MatchzReportage.com and NBC News.

John Reuter

John Reuter a photographer since the early 1970s, majoring in Art while attending SUNY Geneseo, then receiving two master’s degrees at the University of Iowa. It was there that Reuters began to specialize in Polaroid materials, most notably his SX-70 constructions, combining photography with painting and collage. Reuter joined Polaroid Corporation in 1978 as senior photographer and later Director of the legendary 20x24 Studio. John's own work evolved through large-scale Polacolor Image Transfers to digital imaging in the mid-1990s. Taught workshops in Photoshop, Lightroom, Polaroid materials and encaustic painting around the world. Recently Reuter has moved into video and filmmaking and is currently working on a feature-length documentary titled "Camera Ready: The Polaroid 20x24 Project”.

Ron Sachs

RON SACHS is a second-generation photojournalist based in the Washington area. He and his family have covered every President since Truman through their news picture agency, Consolidated News Photos. Ron covers White House, House and the Senate daily and Washington sports. Regularly in the New York Post and publications globally. Served as the campaign photographer for U.S. President George H.W. Bush.  Been member of  U.S. Senate Standing Committee of Press Photographers, determining the photographic coverage of the House and Senate, Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and Presidential Inaugurations. Ron served as President of the White House News Photographers Association from 2011 through 2015.

George Schaub

George Schaub is the Editor-at-Large at Shutterbug Magazine and a member of the Technical Committee in the Technical Image Press Association. Author of over 20 books on photography, his writing and photography has been published in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Men’s Journal, American Photo, and other photo and imaging magazines. Schaub has taught photo and printing workshops worldwide and exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, most recently, a celebration of 150 years of printmaking in the Southwest titled Pressing Through Time, part of the Taos, NM Fall Arts Festival.

Stan Sholik

Stan Sholik spent over three decades as a top national commercial/advertising illustrative photographer in California. Excelling in a wide range of technology-oriented specialties in the computer, electronics, medical device, and food industries. Early in Sholik’ career, began specializing in close-up/macro photography, motion-simulation, and in-camera photocomposition to enhance the images created with his large-format cameras. A prolific writer, on conventional and digital imaging topics, with articles in View Camera, Camera Arts, and Petersen's Photographic. Published seven books including, Close-up and Macro Photography Handbook. A self-taught photographer, Physics BS degree, English MA from Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Tom A. Smith

Tom A. Smith, the Director of the Leica Akademie North America at Leica Camera. Florida based documentary & portrait photographer. Worked for brides, newspapers, magazines, photo studios, camera companies, nonprofits and even Micky Mouse. Interested in telling stories with pictures. Everyone has a story and enjoys helping people share theirs. Focused on multimedia right now and plans to share more of this work. Loves to travel and often on the road, teaching small group photo workshops. Other then photography Tom's loves include his wife, two kids, surfing, BBQ, craft beer, and any day that can include all of the above.

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