2018 Biographies

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

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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.

Robert Pledge

Robert Pledge 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 boutique agency Contact Press Images in NY. Pledge has curated major photographic exhibitions worldwide and edited acclaimed books including Red-Color News Soldier with Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng; 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World with photographer David Burnett; and recently Quelque part en France (Somewhere in France) with never-before published photographs by John G. Morris, the London based LIFE magazine picture editor, taken in the summer of 1944 in Normandy, shortly after D-Day.

Tim Rasmussen

Tim Rasmussen is the Director of Photography for Digital and Print Media at ESPN. Previously, he managed photo departments at newspapers across the country, most recently as Assistant Managing Editor for Photography and Multimedia at the Denver Post. Under his leadership from 2006 – 2015, the photography staff was awarded three Pulitzers – two for Feature Photography and one for Breaking News Reporting. He established videojournalism at the Post where the staff was awarded 6 National Murrow Awards including Overall Excellence and nominated for a National Emmy in Current News Coverage.

John Reuter

John Reuter has been a photographer since the early 1970s, majoring in Art while attending SUNY Geneseo. He continued his studies on the graduate level at the University of Iowa, receiving two master’s degrees. It was there that he 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. His own work evolved through large scale Polacolor Image Transfers to digital imaging in the mid 1990’s. He has taught workshops in Photoshop, Lightroom, Polaroid materials and encaustic painting around the world. In recent years Reuter has moved into video and filmmaking and is currently working on a feature length documentary titled "Camera Ready: The Polaroid 20x24 Project”  John is currently an adjunct professor at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, teaching classes in digital photography, studio lighting and view camera technique.

Howard Schatz

Howard Schatz:

Over the last 25 years the fine art work of Howard Schatz has been published in twenty-two books. He has had over a hundred museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, and has won virtually every award in photography. He has photographed for Time, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, New York, Stern, L’Espresso, Marie Clair, Glamour, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He has made extraordinary images for such advertising clients as Ralph Lauren, Nike, Reebok, Sony, Adidas and Mercedes-Benz. His work includes an incomparable range of artistic explorations of movement in dance and sports, portraiture, ground-breaking underwater work, beauty and fashion, still life, architecture, landscape, and, most remarkably, beautiful and original studies of the human body.

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.

Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography with photographs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and

the Bibliothéque Nationale. All of Schwartz’s photography is animal centric. Her fourth monograph, Amelia & the Animals by Aperture, is a 14-year project of her daughter with exotic and domestic animals. Her photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Time Lightbox, The New Yorker and many others. Schwartz is an Associate Professor in Photography at William Paterson University of New Jersey and has presented at the National Geographic Magazine Seminar, LOOK3 and the Eddie Adams Workshop.

Tom A. Smith

Not available. Tom works for Leica USA.

William Snyder

William Snyder is a four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and editor who is currently Professor and Chair of the Photojournalism Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating RIT, Snyder joined the Miami News and then the Dallas Morning News. During his 15 years as a staff photographer, Snyder won three Pulitzers. In 2005 he was named the Morning News’ Director of Photography and guided the photography staff to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Snyder has won numerous awards from local, state, national and international competitions and has worked with the rock group The Who for over 15 years.

Shane Srogi

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