2023 Instructor Biographies

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

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Angelika Hala

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.

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.”

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.

Sal Taylor Kydd

Sal Taylor Kydd, Maine-based photographic artist and writer, uses various photographic media in a personal narrative that explores themes around memory and belonging. Sal’s fine art photographs have been exhibited throughout the country and internationally; and she has been featured in numerous publications, including Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, Lenscratch, Diffusion Annual and The Hand magazine. Sal has self-published a number of books combining her poetry with her photographs. Her books are in private and museum collections throughout the country including The Getty Museum, Bowdoin College, The Peabody Essex Museum and the Maine Women Writer’s Collection at the University of New England.

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.

Veronika Lukasova

Veronika Lukasova's work focuses on the intersection between science and art. Her works form a longer-term project that captures our universe today from the building blocks of life to interplanetary travel. 
Previously Washington DC based freelance correspondent for the New York Times and the Washington Post, Lukasova has since immersed herself in personal documentary projects, winning multiple awards in a fifteen-year career. With essays on Trinity site - the first atomic bomb testing site in the US, CERN and cosmic rays, Lukasova's original work has evolved to focus on how we can come to terms with the indifference of the universe. Veronika Lukasova, a native Czech, now lives and works in London, UK.
Veronika published essays based on insights from both her academic and professional practice, giving commentaries and delivering guest lectures on the confluence of photography, art market and new technologies. 

Mark Maio

Mark Maio divides his time between personal fine art photography and imaging in the field of ophthalmology. He has held teaching positions at Emory University in Atlanta, the State University of New York at Buffalo and as an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.
His fine art photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country in addition to being included in public and private collections. In 2007 a (12) print portfolio of his “Against the Grain” work was purchased by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for their permanent collection. His photography is represented by Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta, GA.


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