2023 Instructor Biographies

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

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Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist and film producer specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering stories on every continent and in nearly every ocean habitat. In 2014 he was named as a National Geographic Society Photography Fellow and then named a National Geographic Society Storytelling Fellow in 2017.

Brian’s work has also been featured in publications such as The NY Times, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Esquire, and Audubon. He is the author of 12 books including the acclaimed monographs Ocean Soul and SHARK. His latest book, Secrets of the Whales was released in April 2021 by National Geographic as part of a multiplatform project he created that also includes a cover story in National Geographic magazine and a 4-part documentary film series streaming on Disney + which won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Brian frequently lectures on ocean exploration, storytelling and conservation having presented at venues such as The United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, TED Talks, The Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He has had numerous solo photographer exhibits including Portraits of Planet Ocean, a two-year exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and Ocean Soul at Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, France.

Matt Stock

Matt Stock developed his signature style of Painting with Light in the Dark® after building his career fusing art and science. Stock’s knowledge of his craft and innovative methods have led to many honors and awards including works in the permanent collection of Biscayne National Park and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, presenting speaker with TEDx Coconut Grove, recognition as one of five experts in night photography by Shutterbug Magazine’s 2014 Expert Photography Techniques Magazine, one of thirty artists representing the National Park System’s Centennial Anniversary. He was also recognized in 2017 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Adam Stoltman

Adam Stoltman is a photographer, editor, media developer and consultant involved in traditional and digital media for over 30 years with companies like The New York Times, Time Warner, Eastman Kodak and Walt Disney. He has covered 12 Olympics Games with his work appearing in magazines worldwide. As the Sports Picture Editor at The New York Times, and as an editor on The Sunday Times Magazine, Stoltman was part of a team that produced award-winning visual coverage. He has also served as deputy picture editor for feature photography at Sports Illustrated.

Mickey Strand

Mickey Strand, a professional photographer involved in many projects, is a US Navy Combat Photographer Veteran who served for 24 years. Currently, he is photographing members of America's Greatest Generation, the Veterans of World War II. Collecting stories, memories, and images for future generations from these heroes who signed the dotted line on a check that could have included their life if called upon.

In 2019 the Veterans Portrait Series was featured in a museum show. The entire body of work, 96 images at the time, was displayed as amazing 24x30” prints at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum from Nov 11, 2019 - February 1, 2020. For Strand, it was amazing to be invited, to print work that big, to layout a whole museum with part of his life, and to have an opening of the show.

Strand has collected images of veterans from all services (including the merchant Marines/ recognized as Veterans by the department of defense in 1985) and walks of life and has recently extended the program past WW2 Veterans. He set up a portrait studio on location including individual living rooms (and even a back porch) to interview a veteran and collect their stories about life during their service.

Joyce Tenneson

Haunting, ethereal, pensive, mystical, – all of these words describe the photographic style of Joyce Tenneson. Her photos command a complex and intense emotional response from the viewer, which has made Tenneson one of the leading photographers of her generation. Her work is a mysterious alchemy of sensuality and spirituality lit in an almost otherworldly glow.

Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the bestseller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Lucie Awards for Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 and Portrait Photographer of the Year in 2019, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America. Tenneson was the recipient of the FOTOfusion 2015 FOTOmentor Award.

Jeffrey Totaro

Jeffrey Totaro has had a life-long interest in building design and construction. Before becoming a photographer, he worked as an architect and structural engineer in Philadelphia. A self-taught photographer, Jeffrey transitioned to professional photography in 1996 and has since built an impressive portfolio of commercial, residential, and institutional photography for leading firms in Philadelphia and around the country. Since 2008, Jeffrey has been teaching architectural photography through workshops with the Palm Beach Photographic Center, Phase One, and various online events with Digital Transitions and others.

Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain. Vincent is one of Nikon’s founding Nikon Ambassadors, he is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. He is the author of the best-selling books From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black & White Technique Known to Mankind and Welcome to Oz 2.0.

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