2017 Biographies

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

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Jennifer McClure

Jennifer McClure is a NY based fine art and documentary photographer. After obtaining a B.A. in English Literature and a career in restaurants, she returned to photography in 2001taking classes at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. Named one of LensCulture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents of 2015 and awarded CENTER’s Editor’s Choice by Susan White of Vanity Fair in 2013, her work has been exhibited in shows across the U.S. and featured in Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, Dwell, Adbusters, and PDN.

Joseph Meehan

Joseph Meehan has worked as a professional photographer, writer, teacher and editor since the 1970’s. Over a thousand of his images have appeared in books, magazines, on the Web and in print advertisements. Meehan served as Technical Editor at Photo District News (www.pdnonline.com) for 12 years during the decade of the photographic industry’s transition from film to digital imaging. He is the former editor of the Photography Yearbook in the UK and has authored 25 books on photographic techniques. In 2010 he received the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s FOTOfusion Golden Career Award.

Jean Miele

Jean "Gino" Miele's photographs explore the borderlands between fiction and reality, and reflect his lifelong interest in perception, spirituality and mysticism. His images remind us that moments of perfection are possible, and that we create our own reality. He 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 are exhibited and acquired by collectors worldwide. Gino's workshops empower students to realize their own photographic vision. Check out: www.jeanmiele.com and www.facebook.com/JeanMielePhotographer

Mark Murrmann

Mark Murrmann has been Photo Editor at Mother Jones since 2007. He came to the magazine with a background as a music photographer and photojournalist, working as a contract photographer with ZUMA Press. He studied at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and then in London as a student winner of the Alexia Foundation Photography Grant.

Kurt Mutchler

Kurt Mutchler is a senior photo editor for science and has produced award-winning content at National Geographic magazine since 1994. He is the former executive editor for photography at the magazine and adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, where he taught photojournalism. Prior to joining the magazine he was the photo and graphics editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La. Mutchler graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University. His editing with photographers has received awards from World Press Photo, Overseas Press Club, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and Pictures of the Year International (POYi).

Theano Nikitas

Theano Nikitas is a freelance photographer, journalist, educator and technical editor. For more than 20 years, her images, tutorials, reviews and feature articles have appeared in magazines and on websites such as Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, Photo District News and Professional Photographer, to name just a few. When she's not testing cameras or working on software tutorials, she can be found photographing models on the runway at New York Fashion Week, experimenting with light painting or capturing split second images of dancers defying gravity.

Hector Parayuelos

Hector A. Parayuelos, a South Florida native, has been shooting for over 15 years. He started on his father's Canon AE-1 film camera, and traversed the camera world until finally discovering the Sony Alpha camera system. His work mainly consists of travel photography, with the occasional portrait or real estate shoot. His main drive in life is to travel the world, exploring and having as many adventures as possible. He has been with Sony as a Photo Specialist since early 2016.

Stacy L. Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During three tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project which has documented roughly 5,000 veterans worldwide.

Pearsall was one of only two women to win the National Press Photographers Association Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have earned it twice. Between her photography, teaching and speaking engagements, Pearsall completed her first photography book, Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera, which received worldwide praise as "A book of the highest levels in the annals of combat journalism."

Michelle Pedone

MICHELLE PEDONE, an award winning New York City based portrait photographer, grew up in a military family being the new kid in a classroom at least 16 times. This has given her a unique perspective experiencing the subculture in each new place and nourished her love of pop culture, so evident in her work today. Her energetic personality, eye for color, details and clean graphic style lends itself to a variety of subject matter and her work has been featured in many publications including Seventeen, Men’s Health and World Wrestling Entertainment Magazine, along with advertising campaigns for Old Navy and The Learning Channel. 

Robert Pledge

Robert Pledge was born in London, UK, in 1942 and moved to Paris, France, at the age of ten. He found his way into journalism and photography as an African affairs specialist. In 1976, with a small group of talented photographers, he co-founded the famed international ‘boutique’ agency Contact Press Images in New York. He has curated major photographic exhibitions worldwide and edited over twenty books including Red-Color News Soldier with Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng, in 2003, and, more recently, L’Homme Sans Gravité (‘Man without Gravity’) with the elegant and breathtaking images produced by David Burnett since 1984 at eleven Olympic Games (including Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016), now released to great acclaim in China.

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