This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
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.
Erika Larsen is a photographer and multi-disciplinary storyteller known for her essays, which document cultures that maintain close ties with nature. Larsen’s work has been included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic Museum, and Fotografiska Museum. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar for her study of the North Sámi language, resulting in her first monograph, Sámi Walking with Reindeer, released in 2013. She is currently a fellow with the National Geographic Society.
Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq. is a New York attorney 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 is Professor and Chair of The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami and a fine art photographer. Tom’s work has been showcased in over three hundred and fifty group exhibitions and forty solo exhibitions. His photographs are in many permanent collections such as the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, La Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris; the International Museum of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has been the recipient of national and international awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Individual Artist Grant, and the Cintas Foundation Fellowship.
Greg Lovett, award-winning photographer at The Palm Beach Post, won college journalism’s most vaunted award: the William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Championship. Lead to his first full-time job at The Miami News. Since moving to the Post Lovett has earned a long list of awards, including Cox Photographer of the Year – four times. Member of Post's 1992 and 2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalist team. Greg’s work includes striking portraits and landscapes as well as moments of profound tragedy and joy. Greg is also a well-regarded picture editor and led the Multimedia Department for two years before returning to his favorite role as a photographer.
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.
Andriana Mereuta is a Miami-based photographer. With prior education as an economist, a rewarding career in photography and as of late, her training in teaching mindfulness practices in her community, the common thread in all of them is her love for humanity, fascination for beauty, and a deep belief in living life with a sense of service for a greater good. Storytelling and portraiture are the ways through which she chooses to explore these and bring forth through her work. Her current project focuses on Moldova’s national identity, her home country, exploring its different facets reflected in culture, folklore and daily life.
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
This event will have more than one instructor.
ANNIE O’NEILL, a freelance photographer, strikes a balance with corporate, nonprofit, art and family photography. She’s won numerous awards from POYi, BOP and ASMP for her journalistic work and her book, “Unquiet Ruin – A Photographic Excavation,” exploring an abandoned cork factory. Current projects include “The Gift of Work,” a portrait project of people who’ve held the same job for 50 years or more and a collaboration documenting the “Return of the Garden,” a former grand theater turned pornography theater now under renovation.