This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
NANCY ANDREWS is Chief of Innovation at the Detroit Free Press. With her guidance as an editor her team has won four national Emmy Awards and created a film festival. A former Washington Post photographer, Nancy was named White House Photographer of the Year and photographer of the year by P O Y International. She’s authored two books: “Family: A Portrait of Gay & Lesbian America,” and “Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journal,” with Dr. Cary Smith Henderson and held multiple exhibits, including solo displays at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Bannon has worked for HBO, The New York Times and other leading media outlets. He recently completed a book for Scholastic Press, Finding the Way Home chronicles the journey of six children worldwide who have moved from institutional settings to family life, largely through the leadership of JK Rowling's Lumos Foundation. His work and projects have been exhibited at the UN Headquarters and at The Museum of Modern Art. Bannon is also the founder of mostimportantpicture.org through which he leads workshops for marginalized communities worldwide. Most recently he taught The Odyssey Workshop, a National Endowment for the Arts funded workshop series for 36 combat veterans to learn photography as a way for them to explore their journey home from war.
Dr. Anthony Bannon is director emeritus of George Eastman Museum in Rochester and the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. The On-Line Contemporary Library Center lists his 41 books in five languages. Bannon has published more than 5,000 articles and reviews to the scholarly and popular press. His advanced degrees from SUNY Buffalo are in media and culture studies. Bannon authored three new books last year, on photographers William Coupon and Roman Loranc and on the Toronto collectors Howard and Carole Tanenbaum. He is a critic medalist of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a Palm Beach Photographic Centre Golden Career Award recipient, and last year the Photo Review Annual Award for Service to the Field of Photography.
Craig Blacklock is one of the Midwest’s most distinguished fine art landscape photographers. Blacklock has taught photography workshops since 1982, including many focusing on the nude in the landscape. His nudes in the landscape are part of many prestigious private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Blacklock has published 18 books, most of them self-published. He has won numerous national and international book awards, including six gold and one silver medal awards for his most recent book, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift, with an introduction by Vice President Walter F. Mondale. https://stcroixphotography.com/
His book, A Voice Within—The Lake Superior Nudes, won Best Photography Book from over 1300 publishers from around the world in the Independent Publishers Awards.
Debbie Bondulic is an award-winning photo editor at The New York Times, working in news in digital and print. Bondulic was a principal in Sublime Management, an agency representing photographers and stylists. Bondulic worked as National Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine, covering presidential elections, DC politics and, breaking news events. As Associate Picture Editor at LIFE, she edited and produced award-winning stories, including “Anorexia,” and “Sobriety High School,” and as a Picture Editor at People Weekly, produced the entire magazine for the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam War, 9/11, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and Olympic athletes.
Jérôme Brunet, an award-winning music photographer, has shot a veritable who's who in the Blues, Rock, and Soul genres. His photographs have been published internationally in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, Popular Photography, American Photo, Guitar World, Variety, Smithsonian and The New York Times. His client list includes Leica, Nikon, Fender, Gibson, John Varvatos, Warner Bros. Records and he has collaborated with the non-profit organizations Unicef, T.J. Martell Foundation, John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit and the Recording Academy's MusiCares. Jérôme is based in Los Angeles and is represented by fine-art galleries around the world.
James K. Colton is Editor-at-Large at ZUMA Press since 2013 as well as Editor-in-Chief of zPhotoJournal.com. Colton began his career in 1972 at the Associated Press. Five years later he became Newsweek Magazine’s Director of Photography before joining Sports Illustrated as Photography Editor for 15 years. Colton was Jury Chairman for the World Press Photo contest in 2006, received an International Photography Awards “Lucie” for Picture Editor of the Year in 2007, was the recipient of the “Focus” award for Lifetime Achievement by the Griffin Museum in 2010 and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo.
Susan Currie is a West Palm Beach-based photographer, poet and author of the books Once Divided and GRACENOTES (Shanti Arts), blends of fine art photographs and verse. Her words and images have been exhibited at the Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont, the Touch Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and also featured in The Boston Globe, Artists Magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly, the Huffington Post, the Tishman Review, Temenos Literary Journal and in assorted other publications. Susan also serves as a Corporator for the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. Susan’s new book, Breathtaking: The Language of Pause is now available in wide release. With the creative workshops she leads throughout the country, she shares her signature approach to slow shooting and incorporating mindfulness into the artistic practice.
Dennis Dimick is interested in visually documenting the collision zone between humanity and the planet. He spent 35 years at National Geographic as a photo editor and a decade as the magazine’s environment editor. He has been a frequent presenter and panelist at FOTOfusion and in 2014 received the FOTOfusion Golden Career Award. In 2013 he received the National Press Photographers Association Sprague Award for service to photojournalism. Current projects include EyesOn.Earth, an educational project on environmental photography, and a five-year aerial panoramic documentation of America. Twitter @ddimick Website: ddimick.com
Arnold H. Drapkin’s 10 years as Picture Editor of TIME won the magazine more than 200 awards for photographic excellence. Drapkin is the recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s Sprague Lifetime Achievement Award and the FOTOfusion® Golden Career Award. He was Director of the Parsons School of Design International Photographic Workshop student exchange program for seven years, and the FOTOfusion® Festival from 1996 through 2009 and served as a Photo Manager for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Currently a photographic consultant, Drapkin served as Director of Photography for the 1989 Bush Inauguration and as Photographic Consultant for the Clinton and George W. Bush Inaugurals.