Community Events & Special Events

500 Series are free to Gold Passport holders only. Members pay $50, non-members $90.

600 Series events are free to Workshop Members and Gold or Silver Passport holders, $10 otherwise. Community Events do not require advance registration and can be paid for at the door.

Special Events such as the Opening Reception, Awards Dinner and Farewell Bash are also described separately here.

Note: Schedule is subject to change due to the busy schedule of our presenters. Changes will be posted at all sites during the week.

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Special Events

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Event S1

FOTOfusion Opening Reception


Jump start FOTOfusion® 2014 and meet everyone at this reception honoring FOTOfusion® presenters, sponsors, participants and FOTOfusion’s 2014 FOTOmentor David Rubinger.


Gold Passport holders & VIP's: Free
All Others: $45



Location: Museum

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Special Event S2

FOTOfusion Awards Dinner

Gold Passport holders: $75; All others: $150

Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of photography. The award is presented at the Annual FOTOFusion Awards Dinner.

David Rubinger will receive the FOTOfusion® 2014 FOTOmentor Award and will present the 2014 Rising Star Award to Nadav Ariel. The Golden Career Award, the Jay Colton FOTOfusion Student Portfolio Award and the Harold Silverman Volunteer of the Year Award are also presented at the Awards Dinner.

David Rubinger is the preeminent, Israeli photojournalist whose work is the only photography on permanent display in the Knesset.  His photographs document more than sixty years of the extraordinary transition of Israel from a newly formed state of a mere 600,000 people to the high-tech nation of more than 7 million. President Shimon Perez called David Rubinger, "the photographer of the nation in the making."


Location: Other

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Event S4

PBPC Museum – David Rubinger Opening Reception

(C) David Rubinger, 3 ParasDavid Rubinger

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is proud to announce that Mr. David Rubinger will be the 2014 recipient of its prestigious FOTOmentor award. David Rubinger is the preeminent, Israeli photojournalist whose work is the only photography on permanent display in the Knesset. His photographs document more than sixty years of the extraordinary transition of Israel from a newly formed state of a mere 600,000 people to the high-tech nation of more than 7 million. President Shimon Perez called David Rubinger, "the photographer of the nation in the making."

(c)David Rubinger


Rising Star 2014 Recipient

ARIEL is a young Israeli photographer currently studying at Jerusalem’s noted Musrara Art School and is heavily involved incommunity and art activities producing art and photography projects. During his studies Ariel was exposed to the magic that occurs in the dark room with b & w film and has been using a large format 4 x 5 camera for many years. He says, “the processes as well as the complexity involved in filming in this type of format are for me an integral part of my photography activities.


Location: Museum

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Event S5

FOTOfusion Farewell Bash

Dancing at the Farewell Bash

Gold Passport holders: Free • All Others: $45.00

Say goodbye until next year to all your friends and make plans for FOTOfusion® 2015.


Location: Studio

500,600 Series Community Events

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 601

Zen Photography — Learn the Art of Seeing with John Isaac

Zen teaches us to “Stop, look and listen,” to recognize the familiar scenes surrounding us — scenes we often take for granted. This also applies to our travel experiences. Whether it is photojournalism, art photography, or wildlife and nature, the “art of seeing” is the key to making good photographs. Sometimes one has to capture the image from the heart. Award-winning photographer, John Isaac, will discuss how he follows the rules, but also breaks them. The final image is what he hopes will make people stop and take notice.


(c)John Isaac

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 602

Sports Photography Tips from an Olympic Photographer with Adam Stoltman

(c)Adam StoltmanLeading sports photographer and former photography editor at Sports Illustrated, Adam Stoltman will introduce you to the tools, techniques, and tips that professionals use to read the action and produce winning photographs. With examples culled from nearly 30 years in the field, he will show you the elements that go into producing powerful and dynamic sports photographs, whether photographing your child’s soccer game, Little League, basketball practice, or a professional sporting event. Adam’s years of experience covering major professional events and Olympic competitions guarantee this presentation is not to be missed! 

(c)Adam Stoltman

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 603

A Life in Photography: A Retrospective on the Artist’s Journey with Joyce Tenneson

(C) Joyce Tenneson

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see world-renowned photographer, Joyce Tenneson, show images from her retrospective book, A Life in Photography, as well as behind-the-scenes assignment work, never-before-seen 20x24 inch Polaroids, and a Powerpoint showcasing her latest body of work using the gold leaf process. Joyce will give you insight into her multi-faceted 40-year career as one of the top portrait photographers working today. You will have the opportunity to ask her about her working process and how she is able to engage her subjects to create her signature “intimate portrait” style. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Community Event 604

The Year In Pictures by ZUMA Press Wire Service &

with Scott Mc Kiernan

Join us for “2013 – The Year of The Good, Bad and Ugly,” a powerful multimedia presentation designed especially for FOTOfusion 2014. Award-winning picture editor Scott Mc Kiernan will review the year, as seen through the eyes of ZUMA Wire Service’s top photojournalists. The presentation will lead off with “The Good:” the Pope giving grace and compassion a new champion; move on to “The Bad,” as the Syrian conflict escalates to the use of weapons of mass destruction; and conclude with “The Ugly,” Edward Snowden’s big brother leaks. Come see “The Year of Good, Bad and Ugly,” and review the events that shaped our past, present and future. These pictures need to seen!

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 607

Stand out from the Crowd with Creative Printing with Barbara Ellison

(C) Barbara Ellison

Making the right printing choices can complete your vision, and set your work apart from other artists. Capturing an image is just the beginning of your creative process — the final print is the finishing touch. Barbara will discuss substrate choices, from traditional inkjet papers, to alternatives including wood, metal and silk. She’ll also discuss options for showing your work, from small art books and card stock, to large canvas prints. Don’t miss this chance to expand your creativity!


Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 608

The Answer to Better Photos is Perfectly Clear for Photoshop with Janice Wendt

Renowned imaging expert Janice Wendt will demonstrate how to get the most out of your images using Perfectly Clear for Photoshop. She will cover processing images as smart objects and explain why you should make it part of your workflow. Creating actions in Photoshop can be daunting! Learn the user friendly way with Photoshop Script: Image Processor. A question and answer period follows the presentation.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 609

My Eye on Israel with David Rubinger



Famed photojournalist and FOTOfusion 2014 FOTOmentor Award recipient, David Rubinger, will take you on a unique photographic journey of the history of the State of Israel. His iconic images made him the first photographer to win the prestigious Israel Prize, the state’s highest honor. President Shimon Peres called him “the photographer of the nation in the making.” His rare appearance, and his unique and exclusive presentation at FOTOfusion 2014, is not to be missed.


(c)David Rubinger

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 611

iPhone Artistry: Photography’s Most Exciting Frontier with Dan Burkholder

Witness photography’s newest revolution in this popular and energy-packed demonstration. Watch digital pioneer Dan Burkholder display his iPhone capture and image stylizing techniques to control color, tonality and detail. Lurking under the iPhone’s LCD is one of the most inspiring, capable, and fun imaging systems in all of photography. More than just a snapshot device, the iPhone is a powerfully imaginative tool for capturing family moments, recording events, and creating inspiring art, right in the palm of our hands!

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Event 612

The Move to Motion: Workflow and Color Management for Photographers Moving Into Video with Michael Ritzer

Many photographers own DSLRs that are capable of shooting high-quality stills and HD video.  This convergence of technologies opens doors to a wide range of both opportunities and challenges. The transition to video isn’t just a matter of point-and-shoot: photographers need to rethink their use of a range of tools, including cameras, lighting, color, audio, and post-production — and manage it all on a reasonable budget. The discussion will include a review of building your video toolbox, end-to-end workflow, color management and image quality, and post-production issues. Join us as we explore the exciting possibilities and professional opportunities in the convergence of still and motion imaging!

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Community Event 501

Available Light Photography with the Leica M System and Leica Compact Cameras at Clematis at Night

with Tom A. Smith and Jim Wagner, Leica Camera USA.

Leica M9Take the LEICA ME or Monochrome for a spin on an evening full of music and lights. Experience why the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a full-format 24×36 mm sensor continues the legendary heritage of the Leica M system, which is known for its outstanding available light capabilities. Tom will explain why the M system is the tool to shoot in low light. Find out why great photographers such as Elliott Erwitt and Henri Cartier-Bresson made the M camera their camera of choice.  There will also be an assortment of the Leica Compact Cameras available for loan, including the Leica XVario – a small camera with a large sensor and a 28 – 70mm lens.



Location: Pro Shop

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 613

The Digital Evolution: Photography and Sports in our Changing Times with Jim Colton

A former Photography Editor for Sports Illustrated and Director of Photography for Newsweek, Jim Colton will highlight the work of more than a dozen of the world’s leading sports photographers with the lessons and back-stories behind their most famous images. This fascinating presentation will examine the logistics of covering major sporting events, as well as picture editing and the use of imagery in print, on-line and multi-media. He will also discuss changes in the publishing world as photographers seek new avenues for their images. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 614

Buckle Up and Experience the Thrill of Automotive Racing Photography with Al Satterwhite

Few things are more thrilling than being a photographer up close to the action of automotive racing. Come see how Sports Illustrated and Newsweek magazine photographer, Al Satterwhite, recorded more than 40 years of captivating moments in racing history. He’ll share his experiences and the photos that went into his two books, The Racers and Carroll Shelby. Get the scoop on Satterwhite’s upcoming four-day workshop, which will explore racing photography and provide the opportunity to cover a race at the Palm Beach International Raceway. Buckle your seatbelt! You're in for an exciting experience!

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 615

Environmental Projects in National Geographic Magazine with Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick, executive editor of environment at National Geographic Magazine will show images from some upcoming environmental photojournalism projects in NGM including an April 2014 article on coal, and a preview of "Our Food Future" series that will run May-Dec. 2014, showing lots of pictures from the projects underway and soon to be released.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 616

Journey around the World with Alison Wright

Alison Wright’s presentation, Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit, excerpted from her latest book of the same name, portrays luminous and inspiring portraits of individuals from the plateau of Tibet to the continent of Africa, and celebrates the tapestry of humanity in all its diversity and splendor. Alison’s life was nearly cut short in a horrific bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Hear how her inspirational story of survival and years of rehabilitation fueled her determination to recover and continue traveling the world as an intrepid photojournalist in search of compassion in a world of chaos.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Event 617

Shoot More, Compute Less: Time saving techniques in Lightroom with Janice Wendt

Renowned imaging guru Janice Wendt will demonstrate time-saving steps using the Lightroom Plug-in: Perfectly Clear. Processing your images is often the tedious first step of your workflow. This presentation will show you how to save your precious time using auto corrections software that is truly amazing! Optimize all your images with just one click! Corrections on even your most difficult images will become a breeze!


Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Community Event 502



Leica M9Ever wondered why so many photojournalists and documentary photographers still prefer rangefinder cameras? Please join Tom Smith and Jim Wagner from Leica Camera USA for this opportunity to discover the rangefinder mystique for yourself! From seeing beyond what the lens “sees,” to making whisper-quiet exposures, this workshop puts you in command of what many photographers call the most rewarding and creative camera system available. Leica M-System rangefinder cameras and Leica Compact Cameras will be provided for this FOTOshoot. Sponsored by Leica.

Location: Courtyard

Saturday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 619

Fast Track to Super Shots: 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Digital Photos with Julie Adair King

Even if you don’t know an f-stop from a short stop, you can start taking better photos today with the tricks and tips presented by Julie Adair King, author of the best-selling book, Digital Photography for Dummies. In the fun and easy-to-understand style that makes her books so popular, Julie reveals the simple steps you can take to solve exposure problems, manipulate color and focus, get the best image quality, and create more compelling images. Whether you use a pocket camera or a professional camera, you’ll leave with the information you need to make your next photo outing a great success!

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 620

Panel: The Way It Was

with Robert Pledge, David Rubinger and Beth Filler; Moderator: Arnold Drapkin

Only FOTOfusion could bring together this exciting group of experienced and famed photojournalists and editors who will reveal behind the scenes anecdotes, never before told tales and many secrets of “the way it was” in the “good old days.”  Don’t miss this fascinating discussion, moderated by retired Time Magazine Picture Editor and FOTOfusion co-founder, Arnold Drapkin.

Location: City Commission Chamber

Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 621

Seventy years after D-Day: The Summer of ‘44 with Robert Pledge

John G. Morris, a 26 year-old American photo-editor with Life, was assigned in 1943 to oversee the war's photographic coverage in Europe, from the British capital. Several weeks after D-Day (June 6,1944), he made up his mind to go to France. The fighting in Normandy and Brittany continued to rage and the famed weekly’s photographers were naturally there. First among them was the legend: Robert Capa, whose pictures of the war helped make Life the biggest magazine in the world, luring over millions of readers. 

After landing on Utah Beach near Sainte-Mère-Eglise on July 21, bearing the high flying title: "Acting Coordinator, Press Photographers, Western Front," Morris set out to assist whichever of the "pool" photographers he could — i.e. those affiliated to the three major wire-services and to Life: the Brit, George Rodger, and the Americans Robert Landry, Ralph Morse, David E. Scherman, Frank Scherschel, and Capa. Ernie Pyle, the legendary war correspondent, was around. And so was Ernest Hemingway.

The dozen rolls of 120mm black-and-white film Morris randomly shot himself over four weeks with a borrowed company 6x6 Rollei camera remained in a drawer until they were recently discovered by long-time friend, Robert Pledge, editorial director of Contact Press Images, the renowned international “boutique” picture agency. Morris’s exceptional square format photographs do qualify without question as “once in a lifetime”: he never was a photographer, had never taken pictures before, and never used a camera  since.  

Seventy years later, the result is an extraordinary unseen account from the greatest upheaval of the 20th century, told by a young man new to war. As first-hand witness to the giants of photojournalism at work, it is also an important and very personal addition to the history of photography. Edited and presented by Pledge, “The Summer of ‘44” is a moving tribute to a crucial time and place, when the tide of history turned.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 622

Documenting History Through the Lens with Bob McNeely

Noted photojournalist Bob McNeely, White House photographer during the Clinton and Carter presidencies, invites you to join him as he talks about the process and experience of documenting history. During this special presentation, Bob will show the black and white images he captured of the presidencies, as well as other newsworthy events. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Event 623

Capturing a Captivating Valley — New York’s Hudson with Ted Spiegel

Ted Spiegel has focused his attention on his home valley — New York’s Hudson, after three decades as a photojournalist, working in 50 states, 60 countries, and all the climate zones from the North Pole, south. This fascinating presentation will share how he fashioned visual variations on the theme of four seasons into a continual flow of self-published books and calendars featuring landscape and garden photography. His work on the Hudson River Valley provides a pleasant sequel to his National Geographic articles focusing on environmental issues.

Location: Library Auditorium