Instructor Biographies

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

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Mickey Strand

Mickey Strand is a 24-year-retired Navy Combat Camera Photographer, Chief, working in San Diego, Ca. as a Photographer, Educator, and mentor. Mickey's current Studio projects include the “WW2 Veterans Portrait Series” documenting World War 2 Veterans stories of service, and his “Beyond the Cut” a portrait Look inside the Motorcycle Club community. He currently has exhibits of his projects active including the Veterans homes in San Diego, Ventura and at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. These projects, client work, teaching with ACME Educational, Maine Media Workshops & College and volunteering as the Area Director for the San Diego Help-Portrait project keep him busy.  


Jeremy Sutton

Jeremy Sutton is a digital painting pioneer and Corel Painter Elite Master who has been exploring the digital art medium ever since 1991 when it was Fractal Design Painter. Throughout the 1990s he demonstrated Painter for Fractal Design worldwide. He is a member of the Corel Painter Advisory Council and Beta Test Program and has created many custom brushes for Painter, including the recent Cracked, Splish & Splash and 1889 Post-Impressionism brush sets. Jeremy is the author of six books on digital painting, including the Painter Creativity: Digital Artist's Handbook series, and teaches digital painting workshops worldwide. He has been a platform speaker at many international conferences, including WPPI, Imaging USA, SIGGRAPH and Macworld and has performed live event painting at hundreds of venues and events worldwide.


Joyce Tenneson

Joyce Tenneson is internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation having her work published in books, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide. Tenneson’s portraits have appeared on magazine covers including TIME, LIFE, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. Tenneson is the author of 16 books. including the best-seller, Wise Women. Joyce has received numerous awards, most recently the 2018 Lucie Award in NYC for the best Portrait Photographer of the year. 30,000 people attended her large retrospective at FOTOGRAPHISKA Museum in Stockholm in 2016.


Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Richard Tsong-Taatarii brings attention to the joys and tribulations of Minnesotans as a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a contributing photographer to ZUMA Press. His traveling monograph “Lakota Resistance: The Bison, Horse, and the River” is a five-year documentary on the legacy of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation and his extensive coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests on the Standing Rock Reservation. His awards include NPPA Best of Photojournalism large market photographer of the year and a World Press Photo award in general news.


Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain. Vincent is one of Nikon’s founding Nikon Ambassadors, he is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. He is the author of the best-selling books From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black & White Technique Known to Mankind and Welcome to Oz 2.0.


Ross Whitaker

Ross Whitaker is a Photographer/Director who specializes in shooting commissioned photos of children and lifestyle for advertising, catalogs, books, and editorial publications. Ross splits his time between NYC and Palm Springs, CA For fun, Ross spends most of his free time in the desert. A shortlist of the folks that have kept us busy all these years: American Girl, Cheerios, Kool-Aid, Quaker Oats, John Deere, Nabisco, Beechnut, Gerber, Enfamil, Dannon, Playtex, Oragel, Triaminic, GE, Fisher-Price, Sesame Street, Samsung, Evenflo, Merck, and Disney.


Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore has photographed in all 50 states, all seven continents and over 80 countries. He has been using Photoshop since before it was given that name, was one of the first dozen people to be inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and has been teaching the program for over 25 years. He has written more than a dozen books that have been translated into 9 languages, has written over 100 articles for major magazines and has taught well over 100,000 people in person at events spread across the globe from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.


Alison Wright

Alison Wright, an award-winning documentary photographer and author, travels to all regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition. She is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and an Explorers Club Fellow. She was recently named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels "with a sense of passion and purpose." She has published ten books, including her most recent, “Human Tribe,” a series of portraits celebrating our diverse tapestry of humanity. Her work has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Islands and Smithsonian.


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