This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
The camera has been Brendan Bannon’s passport to new engagements with the world. In the midst of a successful career as a photojournalist Bannon founded www.mostimportantpicture.org to collaborate with marginalized communities and amplify their voices through photography.
He continues to design and lead educational projects for combat veterans, refugees, cancer survivors and others.
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.
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.
Susan Currie is a West Palm Beach-based poet with a camera. Her words and images have been widely exhibited and published. She met her muse some time ago when she discovered the ancient eight-limbed practice of yoga. Its way of life continues to inform and imprint the art she makes. The creative workshops she offers throughout the country share her signature approaches for practicing mindfulness in order to connect more authentically with one’s creative voice.
Susan is the author of three books — Once Divided, Gracenotes, and Breath Taking (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2016, 2017, 2019) — and the creator of CHARMCODES. Her new book SUPERFLOW Light Up the Artist in You (Nine Rivers, 2021) is now available in wide release. When she is not slowly releasing her shutter, Susan can be found with a paintbrush in hand capturing the rich colorscape of Palm Beach.
Jack Davis – Author, Educator, Photographer, Geek!
For over 40 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, retreats and workshops around the world, 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.
Douglas Dubler is a New York City based photographer who has achieved a level of recognition and accomplishment reflective of his more than five decades’ dedication to both the art and craft of photography. He attributes his success in part to his ability to synthesize left and right brain thinking, seamlessly joining creativity with technique. His early training in Fine and Liberal Arts at Boston University enriched him with an articulate sense of form, color, and composition. Early mentors in his creative life were Ansel Adams, Isamu Noguchi, and Neal Barr.
His personal work is eclectic and runs the gamut from surreal abstraction to still life to architectural studies. His digital fine art prints are represented by Mertens Fine Art in Montecito, California. Teaching venues include the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he is a graduate instructor, the international Center of Photography in New York City, the University of Miami MFA Photography program, The New York Botanical Garden, and Xposure2018 and Xposure2023 in Sharjah, U.A.E. .
|Dubler’s in-depth understanding of light, exposure and color have provided him with the tools to develop an ultra-high-quality approach to digital photography as an extension of the fastidious working process he developed as a master of analog film. He is acknowledged as one of the industry's leading color management experts and specializes in fine art digital printmaking.
The ability to meld technology with creative imagery has firmly established Douglas as an innovative artist and will continue to create a constant demand for his iconographic fine art images. His images may be seen at www.douglasdubler3.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/douglas.dubler, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/douglasdubler/ His latest book entitled “Iridescence-The Art of The Iris” is available through this link: https://bit.ly/3rptluq.
Jill Enfield is a fine art photographer, educator, curator, and author and has been teaching photography for many years with a concentration on historical techniques and alternative processes. Her three books: Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide To Alternative Processes published by Amphoto, and, Jill Enfield’s Guide to Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques (First and Second Editions), published by Focal Press, are award winning books, and used in schools all over the world. The books include step-by-step instructions on a variety of techniques including: wet plate collodion, dry plate modern tintypes, platinum and palladium printing, cyanotypes, liquid emulsion, albumen printing, hand painting, and more. Jill’s fine art images can be seen in many museums around the world as well as in private collections.
Peter Essick is a photographer, editor, author, speaker, instructor, and drone pilot with 30 years of experience working for National Geographic Magazine. Named one of the forty most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine UK, Essick has photographed stories on climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste, and freshwater.
Essick is the author of three books of his photographs, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, Our Beautiful, Fragile World and Fernbank Forest.
Essick's photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Booth Western Art Museum and many other private collections.