2017 Biographies

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

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Cynthia van Roden

CYNTHIA VAN RODEN built and managed the Photography and Multimedia Collections for one of the largest creative departments in the world, Hallmark. Curating a million images, she built a department functioning as in-house photo agency strategizing with studios on content creation. Previous jobs include Time/Life Picture Collection, SIPA Press, Conde Nast Traveler, Times Mirror Magazines and Fortune. She consults with photographers on portfolios, rights and collection management, enjoys producing and directing photo shoots, curating exhibitions and is a professional jazz singer.


Vincent Versace

VINCENT VERSACE is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. Recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment, and the Shellenberg Fine Art Award, his work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. He is the author of three bestselling books, and has been published in numerous magazines, including American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and Popular Photography.


Albert Watson

ALBERT WATSON, 2017 FOTOmentor Award recipient, is one of the world’s most successful and prolific photographers, blending art, fashion and commercial photography into stunning images. Named one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time by Photo District News, his many honors include an Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II, and the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal for lifetime achievements. His iconic images and celebrity portraits have been in countless international publications, including 100 Vogue covers, in galleries and museums worldwide, in advertising campaigns for major corporations and he has directed over 100 TV commercials and published five books. Watson’s unique visual language and single-minded commitment to perfection have made him a world renowned photographic master.

Watson, 74, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States in 1970. He is based in New York City.


Jeff Widener

Jeff Widener is an American photojournalist best known for his “Tank Man” image of a lone man confronting a column of tanks during the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising which was 1990 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Spot News Photography.

At only 18-years-old, Widener won the 1974 Kodak/Scholastic National Photography Scholarship out of 8000 students from across the US. At age 24 Jeff accepted his first overseas posting as a UPI staff photographer in Brussels, Belgium.  Since then, Jeff has covered major news stories in over 100 countries including the Gulf War and the 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympics. Widener is currently a ZUMA Press contract photographer based in Hamburg, Germany.


Alan Winslow

ALAN WINSLOW, a photographer and educator, has lectured and shown work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, International Photo Festival Leiden, Photoville 2014, the DUMBO Arts Festival, SUNY Buffalo, and the University of Florida. Winslow was selected to attend PhotoCamp 2014, and is a 2015 Artist in Residence in Everglades Fellow. He teaches photography at International Center for Photography; The Maine Media Workshops and Brooklyn Central.


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