2023 Instructor Biographies

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

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Mark Mann

Mark Mann is a celebrity and advertising photographer. He was born in Glasgow, where he lived until he went to study in the prestigious photographic program at Manchester Polytechnic. Before long, the recent graduate was assisting innovative fashion photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge, learning the ropes and building his own body of work. Three years later, Mark started shooting on his own, relocating to New York City.
Mark’s editorial work has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Health, Vibe, Spin, Fortune, Billboard, Parade and Complex, among others. He has shot countless celebrities, including Robert Redford, Michael Douglas, Iggy Pop, Jack Black, the Black Eyed Peas, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Simon Baker, Stevie Wonder, Bradley Cooper, Willie Nelson, Sean Connery, John Hamm, and Jennifer Hudson. Mark has amassed a sizable advertising portfolio, as well. His clients run the gamut: Reebok, Adidas, Hennessy, Bombay Sapphire, Pepsi, Gillette, Vitamin Water, NHL, Zumba, Ford, Chrysler and Svedka to name a few.
Mark has just completed a yearlong project for Esquire Magazine, “The Life of Man”. He shot 80 American men ages 1 through 80, to celebrate 80 years of Esquire Magazine. This project took Mark to the White House where he was honored to shoot the sitting president, as well as former President Clinton. He also shot numerous other notable people and celebrities all across the country.


Scott Mc Kiernan

Scott Mc Kiernan, a photojournalist who became a media industry pioneer and leader. Leadership of ZUMA Press, as well as decades of wide-ranging experience in photography, has proven to be instrumental in establishing the world’s largest independent editorial photo agency. In 1993, he launched the net's first online downloadable database for editorial pictures. A quarter-century later, ZUMA is the agent to the world's most respected photographers (3,000+), newspapers (300+), photo agencies (90+) and national wire services (30+) and over 50+ million images online moving 30K important images daily to every country in the world. 2016 Mc Kiernan won NPPA's prestigious Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award, for DOUBLEtruck Magazine and zReportage.com. Most recently awarded a Society of Professional Journalists Picture Editor award and was a Communication Arts 2019 winner for his stellar photography of the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is a proud member of the Board of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.


Jean Miele

Jean "Gino" Miele's photographs explore the borderlands between fiction and reality, and reflect his lifelong interest in perception, spirituality and mysticism. His images remind us that moments of perfection are possible and that we create our own reality. He believes every photograph is an act of transformation, and that the photographs we make tell us more about ourselves than about what was in front of the lens. Miele's photographs have appeared in thousands of publications, and his original prints exhibited and acquired by collectors worldwide. Gino's workshops empower students to realize their own photographic vision. Check out: www.jeanmiele.com and www.facebook.com/JeanMielePhotographer

 


Ranieri Palavicini

Ranieri is an athlete, a photographer, a world traveler, and an influencer. Ranieri has been called to inspire people to become the very best version of themselves. Ranieri was born and raised in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, and currently resides in Miami FL. Ranieri is on a journey of creating content to empower, elevate, and encourage people, through everyday inspiration and revelation!


Rob Passman

Rob Passman, East Coast Retail Channel Manager for Leica Camera has been making photographs with Leicas for 20 years. During this time, he has enjoyed teaching and learning from the company’s many enthusiastic devotees, while introducing numerous others to the storied brand.

Rob met his wife in the photo industry, and together they’re raising a son and daughter. Their children provide the perfect subject matter to engage his love of photography and cameras, and the cameras help him document the rapid changes as their children grow up.

https://www.instagram.com/robpassman/


Phil Penman

UK-born, NY-based photographer Phil Penman has documented the rapid flux of New York City's streets for over 25 years. With clients ranging from People Magazine to The Daily Telegraph, he has photographed celebrated living legends, including Jennifer Lopez and Bill Gates, and captured historical moments such as the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. Penman's distinctive style, versatility, and dedication to his craft has won him prestigious awards and exhibitions and distinction as one of the "52 Most Influential Street Photographers" alongside industry legends, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado

His debut book “STREET” launched as the Number 1 new release on Amazon for Street Photography, and has since become a best seller and featured at MOMA in New York.


Robert Pledge

Robert Pledge was born in London in 1942. Moved to Paris in 1951. Co-founded Contact Press Images, the international photography ‘boutique agency’ in New York in 1976. Edited acclaimed books including Red-Color News Soldier with Li Zhensheng; 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World with David Burnett; Don McCullin: The impossible Peace with the famed British war photographer; Quelque part en France with picture-editor John G. Morris. Curated major exhibitions throughout the world such as ‘Contact: Photojournalism Since Vietnam’ (New York, Paris, and Beijing, 1987-1988), and Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans in China’ (Pingyao (2007). Former president of the boards of ‘The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund’ in the USA and the ‘Association Gilles Caron’ and ‘Dotation Catherine Leroy’ in France.


Robin Rayne

Atlanta-based Robin Rayne is an internationally-published magazine photojournalist, specializing in disability rights, social justice, and gender diversity. In a career spanning 35-years, his work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Paris Match, and Der Spiegel, among dozens more. Robin’s work is syndicated globally by ZUMA Press photo agency. He also produces documentary films for disability-focused non-profit organizations and educational institutes, and frequently speaks at photojournalism seminars on the importance of personal projects.


John Reuter

John Reuter has been a photographer and educator for over four decades. He received a BA in Art from SUNY Geneseo and then went on to receive an MA and MFA in photography from the University of Iowa. Teaching was always his first love, but his career took a different path when he accepted a job as a research photographer at Polaroid and a year later became the principal photographer in Polaroid’s legendary 20x24 studio. Working with artists such as Joyce Tenneson, Mary Ellen Mark, William Wegman, Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellen Carey and Tim Burton, Reuter’s collaborations helped establish the 20x24 Studio as an important force in the history of late 20th Century photography. In 2009, with the help of an investor he spun out the 20x24 Studio as a private company after Polaroid exited the film business.
Reuter began teaching workshops in Polaroid technique in the early 80s and went on to expand his teaching to include painting and alternative techniques, digital imaging and in the last decade filmmaking. He has presented workshops in the US, Japan, Singapore, France, Italy, Australia and China. He has taught at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre since 1998 and participated in over 20 Fotofusion festivals.
He is currently a part time faculty member at the University of Hartford, offering courses in digital and analog photography, video production and film studies.


George Schaub

George Shaub has taught workshops on both analog and digital photography for the last thirty years for the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, at the West Palm Beach and other locales. He has also taught at many other workshops and lectured at universities in the US and abroad. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the New School/Parsons School of Design in New York City for twenty years and has led photo excursions throughout the US and Caribbean. Author of over 20 books on photography, he worked as an editor on Popular Photography and editorial director at both PTN Publishing and Shutterbug Magazine. He has been published in a wide range of magazines, including The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Travel Holiday, New Mexico, Popular Mechanics, Lens Magazine, and more, plus was active in the stock photography business, with representation by Superstock. He has exhibited work in galleries in New Mexico and Rhode Island, and his recent play, “THREE”, is scheduled to be performed in Taos, New Mexico this autumn. He is currently at work on two books of his own photography of street art and candid street portraits.


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