This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
Founder and Director of the Odyssey Project. Bannon is a professional photographer and educator. His photographs on refugee life have been exhibited at the MoMA and at the Triennale di Milano. As the founder of mostimportantpicture.org, Bannon has created collaborative photography projects with marginalized communities worldwide.
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.
Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his many collections of poetry, including his most recent, How to Love a Country, which interrogates the American narrative. He has also authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has received numerous honorary doctorates, serves as Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets, and is an Associate Professor at Florida International University.
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.
Biography coming soon.
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 social-distanced studio in San Diego California he’s usually somewhere in Polynesia, with a smile on his face and a camera (and phone) in hand!
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
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.
Robert Farber’s style has influenced generations of photographers. His painterly, impressionistic style captures the essence of composition in every genre, including nudes, still life, landscapes, and architecture. His ten photo art books have sold over half a million copies.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis brought Farber into Doubleday for the publication of his book “By The Sea,” which won the Art Director’s Award for color photography. Aside from numerous creative awards, Robert Farber also received the Photographer of the Year from PMA (Photographic Manufacturers Association), ASP International Award from the PPA (Professional Photographers of America), and The American Society of Photographers. This award was given to those who’ve made a significant contribution to the science and art of photography.
Farber’s fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form. Farber has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. He’s lectured at the Smithsonian Institute, The George Eastman House, as well as Universities and professional groups throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, and Europe. Aside from his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty, and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film. A documentary highlighting Farber’s life and career is in development for PBS.