2019 Biographies

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

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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.


Ruaridh Stewart

Ruaridh I. Stewart, Picture Editor, Award-Winning Photographer and ZUMA Press News Director, overseeing the work of a team of top Photo Editors globally 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, newspaper and wire service assignments taking him all over the world, winning numerous photography awards. Ruaridh 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.


Mickey Strand

Mickey Strand is a retired U. S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and 24-year member of the Navy's elite Combat Camera unit. In addition to serving as a photographer, Mickey was also the Chief Petty Officer in charge of education at Combat Camera's Group Pacific, Fleet headquarters located at Coronado Naval Air Station as well as an instructor at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) located at Fort Mead, Maryland. Currently an instructor at Maine Media Workshops & College as well as a contributor to Acme Educational an online tutorial service. Mickey's current projects are the “California Veterans Portrait Project” documenting Veterans stories of service, as well as his “Beyond the Cut” a portrait look inside the Motorcycle Club community. Mickey also volunteers his time as the Area Director for the San Diego Help-Portrait project.  


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, through his documentary photography work, brings attention to the joys and tribulations of Minnesotans as a staff photographer for the Star Tribune. Internationally covering untold stories for ZUMA Press. A great example of his work is his travel monograph “Lakota Resistance: the Bison, Horse, and the River” a five-year documentary, on the legacy of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Standing Rock Reservation protests. Richard has won many awards including 2018 NPPA's Newspaper Photojournalist of the Year for Large markets, and the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for multimedia journalist of the year.


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 and is considered by Nikon to be “one of the top photography artists and visual storytellers of this era.” Vincent 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: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop.


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