2023 Instructor Biographies

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

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Scott Mc Kiernan

Scott Mc Kiernan, an award winning photojournalist who became an internet and media industry pioneer and leader. Scott’s decades of wide-ranging experience in photography, has proven to be instrumental in establishing the world’s largest independent editorial photo agency: ZUMA Press. Net pioneer of web's first online downloadable database for editorial pictures in 1993. Celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, ZUMA is the agent to the most Pulitzer winners. Also 6,000+ top photo-journalists, 300 newspapers, scores of photo agencies and almost every national wire service. Contributing daily to the largest purely editorial portal, with 75+ million images, adding 30K new images daily, serving the globe. 2016 Mc Kiernan won NPPA's prestigious Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award, for DOUBLEtruck Magazine (Pictures That Be Seen) and the web's first magazine zReportage.com for Stories That Need to Be Told. Recently awarded by Communication Arts for his stellar photography of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Also, just won the 2022 Lucie Awards (Photography’s Oscars) Photography Content of the YEAR, Print or Online Award for ThePicturesOftheDay.comThePicturesOftheMonth.com and ZUMA.PRESS. Proud member of the Board of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

David G McIntyre

David G. McIntyre is an award-winning photographer ZUMA Press Wire Service bureau chief in San Jose, California. Been based for over a decade in Moscow, Beijing and Hong Kong, ready for international visual needs. Expert at all photography in the fields of Business, Sports and News. From TIME Magazine, Paris Match to Cathay Pacific Airlines, David McIntyre also speaks many languages to help navigate the trick waters of shoots in Asia weather Travel, Lifestyle or Business.
As a true jack of all trades, a Photojournalist extraordinary for culinary shoots, business, industry, top executive portraiture and sports. David has covered the Olympic Games in last two decades for various Wire Services, Magazines and Fortune 500 Corporations. On top of the long list of editorial, commercial and corporate clients, David is also very active in Non-Profit work with major global NGO’s among others: International Care Ministries in the Philippines, Mother’s Choice and Crossroads in Hong Kong. 


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 https:// www.instagram.com/jean_miele/



Daniel Milnor

Daniel Milnor is “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. Milnor is a former news, editorial and commercial photographer who now works primarily on long-term projects. His work combines still photographs, motion, sound, and the written word. Milnor began printing his work in the darkroom in 1988 and has self-published hundreds of titles, from award-winning to experimental. His love of Latin America has taken him to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia Nicaragua, and Peru. He has taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Academy of Art University. His work is in the collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He lives in New Mexico.


Andrea Modica

Andrea Modica, A Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Her monographs include Treadwell, Barbara, Minor League, Human Being, Fountain, L’Amici del Cuore, As We Wait, January 1, Lentini, 2020 and Theatrum Equorum.  Modica is a professor of photography at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
www.andreamodica.com; www.Instagram.com/andreamodica.photo



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.


Peggy Peattie

Peggy Peattie, PhD, focuses on the role of visual modalities in democratizing narratives and transforming policy concerning traditionally marginalized communities. In her 40 year photojournalism career she has documented breaking news, sports, crime, human trafficking, and culture throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Her work has appeared in numerous Day in the Life books. She has won top awards including the first professional grant from the Alexia Foundation. She teaches visual critical ethnography, and visual journalism in San Diego and at workshops. She spends as much time as possible on the ocean paddling a surfski or an outrigger canoe.

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.

Jari Poulin

Jari Poulin is an award winning photographer, artist and educator whose work has been shown, collected and published both nationally and internationally. She holds her MFA from Lesley University College of Art + Design. Her images are portrait based and she often challenges traditional notions of the photograph by using various combinations of digital and analog processes, as well as mixed media, installation, and printmaking techniques such as polymer photogravure, monotypes, and stenciling within her practice. As an educator, she teaches workshops at Maine Media Workshops, universities and printmaking centers.

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