Community Events

500 Series are free to Gold Passport holders only. Members pay $50, non-members $90.

600 Series events are free to Workshop Members and Gold or Silver Passport holders, $10 otherwise. Community Events do not require advance registration and can be paid for at the door.

700 Series events are free to the public.

Note: Schedule is subject to change due to the busy schedule of our presenters. Changes will be posted at all sites during the week.

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500,600 Series Community Events

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Community Event 501

FOTOfoodie Tour! With Vincent Versace

Imagine a walking tour of downtown West Palm Beach…the history, the architecture, the lifestyle and the culture. Now imagine adding a generous sampling of the area’s best local cuisine, with Vincent Versace as your photography instructor to show you techniques for photographing food! Experience the best of our city taking this 4-hour, 1 mile walking tour of downtown, sampling 13 generous tastings from 5 of the city's freshest local restaurants. Master travel photographer Versace will guide you every step of the way with tips and tricks for good food photography! 

Location: Studio

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 601

Bearing Witness with Carol Guzy

Four time Pulitzer winner Guzy began her career as an intern at the Miami Herald. She was hired as a staff photographer at the Herald before moving on to the Washington Post. Named Newspaper Photographer of the Year three times by the National Press Photographers Association and eight times by the White House News Photographer Association she is currently a freelance photojournalist specializing in long-term documentary projects. Guzy will take us though a retrospective journey of photojournalism with reflections on the vital role of empathy in visual storytelling -- shining the light on dark corners as well as the poetry of everyday lives -- an exploration of the emotional impact of stories on humanity and our own hearts.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 602

What's Wrong with this Picture (and How Do I Fix It)? with Julie Adair King

JULIE ADAIR KING is the author of several popular digital photography and image-editing books, including the best-selling Digital Photography For Dummies, now in its 7th Edition. She is also the author of a series 
of For Dummies guides to Canon, Nikon, and Olympus cameras. Her other books include Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop for Photographers, Julie King’s Everyday Photoshop Elements 3.0 For Photographers, 
and Digital Photography Before & After Makeovers.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 603

Combat from Behind the Camera with Stacey Pearsall

See what combat is like from behind the camera as Pearsall’s empowering presentation draws upon the hardships she faced as a woman and photographer. Documenting some of the most dangerous battles of our time, she has been wounded and lived to tell about her amazing visual journey of personal and photographic growth. Her images tell the story of the soldiers she’s documented, but also her own tale of friendships she made and tragically lost. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Most of all, you’ll be in awe.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 604

The Most Important Picture with Brendan Bannon

Every day we hear horror stories from Aleppo and other areas of war torn Syria. “The Most Important Picture," is a collaborative project completed in the Spring of 2015, with Syrian refugee children with funding from the United Nations and the International Rescue Committee. Bannon will present his images of refugee children who also write about their lives creating a complex portrait of youth challenged by, and in some cases, overcoming the trauma of war.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 605

Collect What you Love with Daile Kaplan

Admission FREE

The fine art photography marketplace is attracting a bevy of new buyers transitioning from the digital image to the photographic print. Daile will introduce a range of collecting topics--the difference between vintage and modern prints, the impact of editions, the importance of provenance, developing your skill set as a viewer and interpreting online databases. The range of photographic expression will be shown: Early Photography, Vernacular and Classical Photography, Contemporary Photography.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 606

Chen Zhixian: The Statue on the Square with Robert Pledge

This is the story of the dramatic changes that have taken place in photography, and China in a short span of time. Chen Zhixian is an “amateur photographer” photographing for 32 years the main square of Jin Sheng, in Shanxi province, vividly depict the amazing transformation of China from a rural ‘third world’ country to the second most powerful economy in the world, in black-and-white, then color film and, more recently, to digital.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 607

Camera Ready: The Polaroid 20x24 Project with John Reuter

At the heart of the Polaroid 20x24 project these past 36 years, Reuter was Senior Photographer and later Executive Director collaborating with artists as diverse as Chuck Close, Joyce Tenneson, Mary Ellen Mark, William Wegman, Elsa Dorfman, David Levinthal, Tim Burton and many others. Last year he announced the project would end in 2017 as the film stock is finally running out. Join John as he explores the origins of the project and the early artists who defined the medium and built careers around it. Working on a documentary titled “Camera Ready,” tracing the project’s history through interviews with artists, critics and key Polaroid people, John will present an exclusive look at the film in progress with never before seen footage.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 608

The Photo Editor/Photographer Relationship; the Process behind Making a Story with Erika Larsen and Kurt Mutchler

A behind the scenes look at the process that unfolds between photo editor and photographer throughout the duration of a story, including research, photography and editing and a look at the final show as seen by the editors at National Geographic. National Geographic Senior Science Photo Editor Mutchler and photographer Larsen will discuss the collaboration on their story, Science of Belief, for the December 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 609

Greatest Hits with Albert Watson

Our 2016 FOTOmentor

One of the world’s most successful and prolific photographers blending art, fashion and commercial photography into stunning images, Albert will discuss his amazing career and favorite moments. Among his numerous honors is an Order of the British Empire (OBE) granted by Queen Elizabeth II, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, both for his lifetime achievements and contributions to photography. His distinctive images and iconic celebrity portraits have been featured in countless international publications, including 100 Vogue covers and in galleries and museums worldwide. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 610

Sony Tips and Tricks with Hector Parayuelos

Sponsored by Sony

Did you know you can customize your Sony camera’s operations and button layout? Ever wonder what HDR, Eye-AF and silent shooting are? How about using downloadable camera apps or the built in live-view smart remote on your phone? Learn all about these and understand the advantage of Sony’s E-mount lens system. Discover how to navigate your menu & functions like a power-user too. Join Sony Photo Specialist Hector Parayuelos for all this and more!

Sponsored by Sony

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Community Event 611

Going Against the Tide with Robert Farber


Robert Farber takes you through the evolution of a non-traditional career path…from the provocative to the pensive and sometimes controversial.  From the beginning of his career, where he sold his photography on the street, to how it evolved into a career of paralleled growth in fashion, beauty and fine art. Little did he know that this would be the start of a challenging, but rewarding career; one where he would forever be going against the tide of a conservative American mentality. Farber’s story and images will inspire and entertain you.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Community Event 612

The 2016 Election in photos with Morrigan McCarthy, Ruaridh Stewart and Mark Murrmann

Behind-the-scenes of the 2016 election, from the photographers and photo editors on the front lines, Mark Murrmann, photo editor Mother Jones. Morrigan McCarthy, Politics Photo Editor, the NY Times and Ruaridh Stewart, News Director ZUMA Press.  Get insight on covering the marathon presidential race, what photographers go through to get the photos that tell the campaign story, and what editors are looking for when sorting through thousands of images.

Location: City Commission Chamber

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 613

Nature Photography Meets the Modern World with Dennis Dimick

Long-time National Geographic Magazine environment and picture editor Dennis Dimick examines the role of photography in documenting modern environmental change. Scientists have proposed that we now live in a new geologic age called the “Anthropocene,” or Age of Man, marked by humanity’s recent rapid expansion and transformation of the planet. Dimick will sketch the evolution of nature photography that documents our conquest of earth’s lands, waters, oceans, and atmosphere, and he will explore the potential and opportunity that environmental issues offer as a focus for photographers seeking to make a difference with their work.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 614

Personal Favorites with Craig Semetko

Craig will present a series of his personal favorite photographs and tell the stories behind them. He’ll also offer some of the tips and techniques he uses to capture the “Decisive Moment.”

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 615

A Life in Photography with Joyce Tenneson

Trace the inspiring journey of this internationally acclaimed artist with work from her entire career. Tenneson’s relationship to the camera has evolved in a series of remarkable ways, echoing the very evolutions, illuminations, and infinite wisdom she has sought to capture with her lens. Unseen work from forty years, including the otherworldly Transformations, the deep, rich hues of Light Warriors, and the earth tones of her study of beauty and aging, Wise Women, are all represented in this unprecedented survey.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 616

Coming Back from the Dead: Basic Vernacular of Photography with Anthony Bannon

The language of photography – its basic subjects, themes, and lexicon – is drawn from the very beginning of the medium: as if overheard from the whispers of ghosts speaking from more than a century and a half ago.  Dr. Bannon, director emeritus from George Eastman Museum, now research professor at SUNY Buffalo State and director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, will be the pilot of this trip down the River Styx. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 617

David Burnett : Man Without Gravity with Robert Pledge

Sport is not really his field, yet Burnett fell in love with the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984. He has since attended the Games every four years including Rio de Janeiro, in 2016.  A free spirit, he switches from black-and-white to color, from digital to traditional film depending on mood or inspiration. Using cameras of many different formats—small, medium and large, including a historical Speed Graphic Weegee and press photographers worked with in the 1940s. By looking, understanding, and suspending movement with uncanny precision, his photographs challenge the universal laws that govern us. They defy gravity.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Community Event 502

Available Light Photography With The Leica System: Clematis At Night with Jim Wagner & Craig Semetko

Sponsored by Leica

Leica M9

Experience shooting with master photographer Semetko and Leica experts Smith and Wagner, and catch the light of the magic hour exploring Clematis at Night. You will learn camera basics and be free to survey on your own or with personal instruction. From the simplicity of the Leica DLux Type 109 to the creative possibilities of the Leica M Type 240, and the Leica SL Type 601, the Leica product range offers a photographic option for all users. Bring an SD Card that can be formatted so you can take your images after the shoot. Those shooting with other cameras are welcome to join this FOTOshoot, but Leica Camera will offer a mix of Leica products on loan. 


Location: Pro Shop

Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 618

The Evolution of a Wire Service Photographer with Jeff Widener

From pre-digital days of developing film in portable darkrooms to today's instant transmissions over mobile devices; take a journey with one of the most prolific photojournalists who covered Asia for UPI and the Associated Press though all of those years. Jeff will share the highs and lows of being a "wire guy," including his Pulitzer Finalist, "Tank Man," as he presents the evolution of a wire service photographer.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 619

The Olympics – 17 and Counting with Gary Hershorn

Attending the 1976 Montreal Olympics as an 18-year-old spectator, Gary caught the Olympic bug and has covered every Olympic Game since 1984 in Los Angeles. 32 years later, after covering his 17th Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he will tell you what it takes to cover an Olympics and how different his experience in Rio was (as a one-man-band for Flipboard and the agency Silver Hub Media) compared to covering 16 Olympics for Reuters as part of a 50+ person team.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 620

Inside Rolling Stone with Sacha Lecca

Deputy Photo Editor Lecca shares behind the scenes stories on how images make it into the pages of Rolling Stone, what it takes to shoot for Rolling Stone and what qualities he looks for in a photographer when assigning for the magazine. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 621

The Evocative Portrait with Gregory Heisler

Renowned for his technical mastery, in a career spanning more than 35 years, Heisler will discuss many highlights while sharing behind the scenes anecdotes from his various portrait sessions. Best known for his more than 70 covers for TIME magazine, his iconic portraits have graced the covers of LIFE, Fortune, GQ, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Recognized with prestigious photographic awards including the Leica Medal of Excellence and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award, Gregory is currently Distinguished Professor of Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 622

Cuba Exposed with Vincent Versace

I have come to believe that I was put on this earth to tell the truth and see the pretty…to walk all over the planet and allow myself to be taken by the moment…to record truth and moments of abandon with a camera.

For many years I have loved making pictures in Cuba, never the politics, but to record the incredible spirit and beauty of the people. My trips were made with that one goal in mind. In my early trips I could not have known that change would come so soon and that my images have captured that moment in time. I have made it a point to photograph the past that is present today. Through the course of that journey I have found the path not walked by everyone, the places that not everyone goes to but the places of Cuba we all dream of seeing and the people we hope to meet. This community presentation will share the experiences.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 623

Behind the Scenes of a Photo Shoot with Brad Smith

What does an editor witness during a live photo shoot for organizations like Sports Illustrated and others? From portraits to feature work, an inside look on what really goes on to achieve that one great image.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 624

Pulitzer POWER Back Stories

with Carol Guzy, Tom Kennedy, Jeff Widener; Moderator: Scott Mc Kiernan

As the Pulitzer celebrates 100 years an integral part of the celebration is the amazing photography winners. Hear past winners talk about the back-stories of their accomplishments and what happens in the after math of winning, for them and their subjects. Featuring all time individual photography Pulitzer winner Carol Guzy, a master of the long form essay; 2005 Pulitzer winner for Feature Photography Deanne Fitzmaurice; Multiple winner - as both photographer and picture editor – William Snyder and Nick Ut, whose famous ‘Girl in The Picture’, changed the course of history.

Location: City Commission Chamber


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