This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.
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 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.
Robin Rayne is an internationally-published magazine photojournalist, specializing in disability rights, social justice, and gender diversity. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Le Point, 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 is a multi-discipline artist working in photography, alternative processes, and filmmaking. He has directed the Polaroid 20x24 Studio since 1980 and has worked with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Mary Ellen Mark, Ellen Carey, Tim Burton, William Wegman, Chuck Close, Joyce Tenneson and Errol Morris among others. He has been an educator since the 1980s, offering workshops in locations around the world. John is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford teaching Digital Photography, Studio Lighting, Video, and Cinema Studies. John is currently in production on a feature length documentary film titled “Camera Ready: The Polaroid 20x24 Project”. He also works on short films with collaborators as an editor and director of photography.
Ginny Rose Stewart is an artistic portrait photographer living in Buffalo, NY and servicing the surrounding area. She started her career 14 years ago as a portrait and wedding photographer and is known for her visually rich, salutary and aesthetically unpretentious works. With a strong focus on photographing women, Ginny’s ultimate goal is empowering women to believe in and acknowledge their magic and to feel the beauty and power of being a woman.
Ruaridh I. Stewart, ZUMA Press News Director, oversees the work of a team of top Photo Editors and is the chief point of contact for all incoming and outgoing images from ZUMA photographers, Newspapers and partners Agencies around the world. An editor on >zReportage.com and DOUBLEtruck Magazine team editing photo essays, which regularly win top awards. Prior to joining ZUMA, Stewart left his home country Scotland and spent a decade in Asia, Based in Hong Kong, assignments took him all over the world. Multiple award winner as a photographer and now picture editor, Stewart recently won several editing awards from prestigious Communication Arts.
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 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, 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.
Digital painting pioneer, Corel Painter Elite Master, and live event painter Jeremy Sutton studied art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, while earning a degree in Physics. Jeremy has used Painter since version 1 and is the author of six books on digital painting, including the Painter Creativity: Digital Artist's Handbook series. He has been a platform speaker at many international conferences, is the founder of the educational web site PaintboxTV.com. Jeremy has performed live event painting for Cirque du Soleil (TOTEM show); was Painter-in-Residence for the Music at Kohl Mansion program; performed live on stage with the Art of Jazz Tour of the Birdland All-Stars; and was the featured iPad artist at the opening of the David Hockney “Bigger Exhibition”, the De. Young Museum, and at the “America Now: Innovation in Art” event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.