2023 Instructor Biographies

This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.

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Daile Kaplan

Daile Kaplan works with private clients as a curator, adviser, and appraiser and loves teaching workshops about all aspects of photography, including collecting. She is the photographs specialist on "Antiques Roadshow," and has contributed essays to Click!, Photography Changes Everything (Aperture), and Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide (Appraisers Association of America). She began her career as a photographer, subsequently transitioned to curatorial projects, and published several books. Daile directed the Photographs & Photobooks department at a NY auction house for 30 years.


Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. Books include, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing; “Capturing the Light” which won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography Book Now competition; and his “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” which was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ training videos have been used by thousands of photographers, helping them with their photographic and post-processing skills. Lewis is currently a “Tamron Ambassador.”

You can visit his website at www.lewiskemper.com


Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy is an internationally known visual journalist with extensive print and digital experience. Kennedy has held positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia for the Washington Post, Director of Photography for the National Geographic Society, Deputy Graphics Director for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Managing Editor/Digital News for PBS News Hour. During his career, Kennedy has created, directed, and edited visual journalism stories that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards. Currently, he is the Executive Director for the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).


Paul Kitagaki

SF Bay area native Paul Kitagaki Jr. has traveled the world covering natural and human-caused disasters, documenting the lives of everyday Iraqis living under Saddam Hussein, Mexico City residents digging out of a deadly earthquake, Asian factory workers laboring for pennies to produce high-end athletic shoes for the U.S. and international athletes competing for gold at ten different Olympic Games. Kitagaki’s work has been honored with dozens of photo awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and been nominated for Emmys. He’s been published in news outlets worldwide, including National Geographic, Time, Smithsonian Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Stern, People, Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, as well as in his home paper, The Sacramento Bee.


Paul Kitagaki Jr.

SF Bay area native Paul Kitagaki Jr. has traveled the world covering natural and human-caused disasters, documenting the lives of everyday Iraqis living under Saddam Hussein, Mexico City residents digging out of a deadly earthquake, Asian factory workers laboring for pennies to produce high-end athletic shoes for the U.S. and international athletes competing for gold at ten different Olympic Games. Kitagaki’s work has been honored with dozens of photo awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and been nominated for Emmys. He’s been published in news outlets worldwide, including National Geographic, Time, Smithsonian Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Stern, People, Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, as well as in his home paper, The Sacramento Bee.


John Kreidler

John Kreidler is the East Coast Product Specialist and co-host of Leica’s streaming Tech Talk program on YouTube. John brings more than 25 years’ experience providing imaging and production insight to professional photographers and enthusiasts alike.
Equal parts, photographer, educator, and trainer, John can frequently be found, giving those interested in Leica products an opportunity to experience them in a real-life situation, during Pro Discovery Days, Leica Store events and Akademie workshops, throughout the country.
An accomplished photographer, his on-going obsession with capturing light and shadow started from an early age. He strives to move beyond the beautiful snapshot and create an image that evokes emotion in the viewer’s mind.  Most recently, John’s work was selected to appear in the new book, “Inspiration Leica Akademie”.
@leicaproimage


Evan Jane Kriss

Evan Jane Kriss is an accomplished photographic editor, director and content curator who conceives compelling creative solutions and produces engaging content for a range of media outlets. Recently a Contract Business Affairs Manager in Marcom (Marketing & Communications) at Apple, curating, developing and licensing content used in marketing deliverables to demonstrate functionality in various Apple devices. Presently a Reviewer with Eyeist, a unique online portfolio/project reviewing service for amateur and professional photographers, and a Judge of WildCare’s annual photography contest. Formerly a Content Curator with Catch&Release Television, Photo Editor of The Washington Post Magazine, Picture Editor at The New York Times Magazine, and a Photo Researcher/Editor and Photo Contest Editor at Time Magazine.


Richard P Liebowitz, Esq

Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq. is an attorney and photographer who focuses on intellectual property law related to copyrights, at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC. He is a 16-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA) and has produced award-winning photojournalism. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hofstra Law School, Richard now helps his fellow photographers and other artists around the world resolve their copyright infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis. As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and he is passionate about helping the creative community.


J. Tomas Lopez

J. Tomas Lopez is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Professor Lopez has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Media Arts in Film and Video, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Modernist Theory from the University of South Florida. He has been awarded the Florida Individual Artist Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, and the NEA Award in the Visual Arts as well as other national and international fellowships. He is nationally and internationally known for his large-scale digital prints ranging from underwater photographs of the nude figure, politically charged iconic flags, and a series of riders on the Metro system in six cities around the world. Professor Lopez has been showcased in over three hundred fifty group exhibitions and thirty-five solo exhibitions. His work is included in many permanent collections: The Library of Congress, (DC) The Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of American Art, La Biblioteque Nationale de France (Paris), The International Museum of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, (NY) and in many other museums, public and private collections.

His work has been exhibited across the United States, Europe, China, Japan, and in numerous publications. He has been with the University of Miami since 1994 where he lives and works with his wife, Carol Todaro.


Robin Loznak

Robin Loznak is a nature and editorial photographer based in rural western Oregon. He spent 20 years as a newspaper photojournalist in Montana and Oregon. Currently he is a contract photographer with the ZUMAPRESS wire service. His work is often featured world wide in magazines, websites, and books. Loznak is known for his quirky and intimate wildlife and nature photography. He was named the National Press Photographers Association Regional Photographer of the Year while working at a small newspaper in Kalispell, Montana. When not taking pictures, he plays with his dogs and  raises hazelnuts on his family owned 500-acre ranch in Oregon.


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