This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
Anthony Bannon is an arts writer, winner of Britain's Royal Society of Photography J. Dudley Johnson Award for leadership in criticism and historical research. He is a senior scholar and emeritus director at George Eastman Museum, the world's largest and oldest private archive for photography and motion pictures located at the Eastman estate in Rochester, NY. Bannon also served as director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY College in Buffalo, which holds the art and archives of the American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, the largest dedicated collection in the world. Bannon has solely authored or contributed to more than 40 books, most recently "William Coupon: Portraits" with Walter Isaacson, and "Traces: Photographs by Roman Loranc with Poems by Robert Lax." Forthcoming in July is "Beatitude: A Beat Attitude: Photographs By Joey Tranchina," with Steidl Verlag. In recognition of his writing and institutional leadership, Bannon earned the Golden Career Award from FotoFusion in 2007. Arnold Drapkin, the former picture editor of Time Magazine presented the award with this comment: "Most important, he is one of the most efficient and effective museum directors today."
Featured in numerous television and magazine stories, Craig Blacklock is one of the country’s premier nature photographers, having published 18 books, dozens of calendars, and several videos. His books on the landscape and nude have garnered many awards including two gold IPPY’s and gold and silver Pub West Design awards. His photographs have been shown in over 30 museum and art center exhibitions. Craig has inspired and instructed photographers through week-long workshops and lectures since 1982.
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.
DAVID BURNETT grew up in Salt Lake City, where he began taking pictures for the high school yearbook. Upon graduation from college (Colorado College ’68 Poli Sci), he began a long relationship with LIFE and Time magazines. It was for the latter that, in 1969, as a 22-year-old tyro, he covered Apollo X, XI, and XII, and became forever enamored of the space program. In 1976 he co-founded Contact Press Images, the international photojournalism agency, which distributes his work around the world. Along the way he has photographed every American President since JFK, covered thirteen Olympic Games, and produced countless stories of everyday life on all continents. He is based in New York, and is pleased that his dog’s Instagram (@theycallmelittletyrone) has more followers than any of his friends.
For over 35 years, Jack Davis has been one of the world’s leading experts on Digital Photography and Computer Imagery, with over a million and a half award-winning books sold in twelve languages. Jack routinely teaches at conferences and workshops around the world (and now virtual ones like our FOTOfusion), and for companies like National Geographic/ Lindblad Expeditions. He is designated a Master Teacher by Adobe and was one of the first inductees into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the industry. He has an MA and MFA in Digital Imagery from San Diego State University, where he was the founding computer graphics instructor. And when he’s not in his studio in San Diego California he’s usually somewhere in Polynesia, with a smile on his face and a camera (and phone) in hand!
Dixie Dixon is an internationally renowned fashion, lifestyle, and commercial advertising photographer and film director based out of Dallas, Texas. She travels worldwide working with brands ranging from Disney to Virgin to People and has spent the last decade bringing creative visions to life for brands, ad agencies, fashion, and commercial clients.
As a Nikon Ambassador of the United States, she brings a wildly positive energy to set that creates a one of a kind experience for her clients. Dixie’s style embodies an idealistic approach to photography and motion work with a touch of soulful realism. As a full-service production company, her team and her regularly create refreshingly upbeat campaigns for lifestyle brands, beauty companies, and high fashion advertising campaigns.
Ramiro Fernandez began to collect images of Cuba in 1980, Published - I WAS CUBA (2007), Chronicle, Cuba Then (2014,2018) Monacelli-Phaidon. During his 25 years at TIME INC he was Photo Editor at Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, People en Español and People. Ramiro started to collect in Spring 1980 while doing a temporary secretarial job at the Museum of Modern Art - Department of Photography.
Deanne Fitzmaurice has served for more than two decades as an eyewitness to sweeping change across the Bay Area of San Francisco, as a photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, documenting the worst Earthquake in nearly a century, pivotal Supreme Court rulings, significant wars involving the U.S., roaring climate change, and sports. Her work for the Chronicle garnered the attention of global publications and soon she was shooting and creating stories for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and others. One photographic essay, documenting a young Iraqi war victim named Saleh, earned her the Pulitzer Prize. This Nikon Ambassador has won multiple top prizes from Pictures of the Year International, AI-AP American Photography, Communication Arts, NPPA, and others.
Today, Deanne spends her behind-the-lens time shooting for the world’s most iconic brands, including Amazon, Apple, Nike and Google, helping nonprofit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tell their stories, and documenting moments and individuals who spark her enthusiasm. A highly sought-after storyteller, Deanne lectures at Stanford University and shares her insights and reflections on life, creativity, business acumen, and cultivating a winning mindset with corporate, industry, and student audiences worldwide. When she’s not on the move, Deanne and her photographer husband, Kurt Rogers, help guide Think Tank, the cult camera bag business they co-founded.
Angelika Hala is a New York photo editor and producer for STERN, Germany’s leading weekly general-interest magazine known for its outstanding photography and original reportage coverage of news, human interest, politics, social issues, sports and entertainment on multi-page spreads. The magazine celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018. Angelika also works on the magazine’s line extensions CRIME, VIEW and JWD, special editions and book projects. 15+ years, produced photo features with award-winning photographers, helped develop new talent, enjoying the process of creating photographic narratives from single images to multi-page magazine spreads. Angelika is co-producer of Open Show New York.
Mark Edward Harris has been to more than 100 countries and all seven continents on assignment. His editorial work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, LIFE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, GEO, Newsweek, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Hemispheres, AFAR, Wallpaper, Vogue, Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as all the major photography and in-flight magazines. Among his numerous accolades are CLIO, ACE, Impact DOCS Award of Excellence, Aurora Gold, and IPA awards. His books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, Inside Iran, The Travel Photo Essay: Describing A Journey Through Images and his latest, The People of the Forest, a book about orangutans.