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.
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 has been a photographer since the early 1970s, majoring in Art while attending SUNY Geneseo, then receiving two master’s degrees at the University of Iowa. It was there that Reuter began to specialize in Polaroid materials, most notably his SX-70 constructions, combining photography with painting and collage. Reuter joined Polaroid Corporation in 1978 as a senior photographer and later Director of the legendary 20x24 Studio. John's own work evolved through large-scale Polacolor Image Transfers to digital imaging in the mid-1990s. John is a part-time professor at the University of Hartford, teaching analog and digital photo as well as Cinema Studies. He has taught workshops in Photoshop, Lightroom, Polaroid materials, and encaustic painting around the world. His personal work has expanded into video and filmmaking and is currently working on a feature-length documentary titled "Camera Ready: The Polaroid 20x24 Project”.
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.
Maggie Steber is a Guggenheim Fellow and documentary photographer who has worked in 70 countries photographing stories about the human condition. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and named as one of 11 Women of Vision by the Magazine in 2013. Besides her documentary work, her ongoing personal project is The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, supported by a two-year grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. Other honors include the Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2019, the Lucie Award for Photojournalism 2019, Overseas Press Club President’s Award 2019, Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award in 2020 for commitment to the craft of visual journalism that advances the profession, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation and Pictures of the Year Awards, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation Grant. Steber has worked in the small nation of Haiti for 30 years. Aperture published her monograph on Haiti entitled DANCING ON FIRE. Her work is published in multiple platforms and publications and is exhibited in dozens of festivals and galleries throughout the United States and overseas, Her photographs are included in the American Women Collection at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Richter Library and many private collections. She is affiliated with VII Photo Agency and the National Foundation for Young Arts. Maggie is the recipient of the FOTOfusion 2021 FOTOmentor Award.
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.