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 20, 2015

Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Special Event S1

FOTOfusion Opening Reception

Jump start FOTOfusion® 2015 and meet everyone at this reception honoring FOTOfusion® presenters, sponsors, participants and FOTOfusion’s 2015 FOTOmentor, Joyce Tenneson.


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



Location: Museum

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Special Event S2

FOTOfusion Awards Dinner

See our registration page for prices.

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.  Among the previous recipients of this prestigious award are Bill Eppridge, Ralph Gibson, Gordon Parks, Sebastiao Salgado, Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, David Hume Kennerly, Robert Glenn Ketchum and David Rubinger

 FOTOmentor Award

Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, JoyceTenneson is our 2015 FOTOmentor. Her work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of 16 books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. In a poll conducted by American Photo Magazine, readers voted Tenneson among “the 10 most influential women in the history of photography.

 Rising Star Award

As Rising Star, Ms Tenneson has chosen Kitra Cahana, one of the 11 photographers featured in the Women of Vision exhibition, Ms. Cahana explores important social, anthropological, and spiritual themes. Born in Miami, but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra earned her BA in Philosophy from McGill University and her MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.  She has won a first prize from World Press Photo, a TED Fellowship and the ICP Infinity Award. Her work includes images taken on assignment for National Geographic Magazine’s important feature on the teenage brain and culture in the United States.



Location: Other

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Event S4

PBPC Museum – Women Vision Opening Reception

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, a traveling exhibition sponsored by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) that highlights the influential photography of 11 award-winning female journalists: Lynsey Addario, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Diane Cook, Carolyn Drake, Lynn Johnson, Beverly Joubert, Erika Larsen, Stephanie Sinclair, Maggie Steber and Amy Toensing. Several of the photographers, including Kitra Cahana, Erika Larsen,  Maggie Steber  and Lynn Johnson are expected to attend the opening reception on January 22 and participate in public discussions.

“Women of Vision” features nearly 100 photographs, including moving depictions of far-flung cultures, compelling illustrations of conceptual topics such as memory and teenage brain chemistry, and arresting images of social issues like child marriage and 21st-century slavery. In addition to the photographs, visitors will have an opportunity to learn how National Geographic magazine picture editors work closely with the photographers to select images and tell a story. Video vignettes will present first-person accounts that reveal the photographers’ individual styles, passions and approaches to their craft.



Location: Museum

500,600 Series Community Events

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990 with Jean-Pierre Laffont

A must see is Jean-Pierre’s personal journey through America. During three decades he documented the country in all of its facets, from national crisis and social injustices to heartfelt protests and solidarity. During this quarter century, his images, taken together, show the chaotic, often painful birth of the country we live in today, where a black president, married gay couples, and women executives are part of our every day lives. His images freeze decisive moments in time for future examination forming a personal and historical portrait of a country that he viewed critically but affectionally. Harold Evans, in the foreword to the book said, “Laffont’s poignant pictures are reminiscent of the fortitude and grace immortalized in Dorothy Lange’s images.”

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 604

Creating the Botanical Portrait with Barbara Ellison


Flowers are like people.  They have traits that you want to accentuate and ones that you want to minimize.  Using lighting, angles and the best lens for the job, you can go from a snapshot to a portrait of your favorite botanical.  You will see various ways to show off these beauties to their best ability once you have created the base image. Don’t miss this delightful presentation.



Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 606

2014: Winter Olympics to Ferguson with Jim Colton

Former Photography Editor for Sports Illustrated and Director of Photography for Newsweek, Jim Colton, currently Editor at Large at ZUMA Press, will highlight the best work created in 2014 by ZUMA Wire Service photographers. This dual presentation will examine the major news and sporting events of 2014, as well as picture editing and the use of imagery in print, on-line and multimedia. 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

Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 607

The Amateur and the Icon with Dr Anthony Bannon


What are the chances of an amateur or beginning pro creating an iconic, historically remembered photograph. Dr Anthony Bannon, director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College and a research professor at the College, will outline, in Powerpoint, the elements of a photo icon and point to those that have been created by amateurs, yet still measure up to the test of time. Dr. Bannon was the longest serving director in the history of George Eastman House, the International Museum of Photography and Film, and has been named a Director Emeritus and Honorary Trustee of the Museum.



Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 608

A Life in Photography with Joyce Tenneson

(C) Joyce Tenneson

This presentation includes work from Tenneson’s entire career, and traces the inspiring journey of this internationally acclaimed artist.  Tenneson’s relationship to the camera has evolved in a series of remarkable ways, echoing the very evolutions, illuminations, and infinite wisdom that she has sought to capture with her lens.  The finest examples and unseen work from forty years, including the otherworldly Transformations, the deep, rich hues of Light Warriors, and the earth tones of her bestselling study of beauty and aging, Wise Women, are all represented in the unprecedented survey.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 609

Mobile Photography: The Ever Changing Landscape of iPhone Artistry with Dan Burkholder

More than just a snapshot device, the iPhone is a powerfully imaginative tool for capturing family moments, recording events, and even creating inspiring art, right in our palms. Watch digital pioneer Dan Burkholder demonstrate his iPhone capture and image stylizing techniques to control color, tonality, composition, and detail in his beautiful iPhone images. You’ll leave with lots of new techniques to make your own iPhone images stunning and unique.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Event 610

Collect What You Love with Daile Kaplan

The fine art photography marketplace is attracting a bevy of international buyers who are focusing on art as a tangible asset. This presentation will introduce a range of collecting topics, and review the ways in which photography interfaces with contemporary art. Antique Roadshow photographic specialist, and Vice President and Director of Photographs and Photobooks of Swann Galleries Kaplan, will also discuss how public auction records influence public taste.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Community Event 501

Available Light Photography With The Leica T Camera System: Clematis At Night with Jim Wagner

Take the Leica T Camera System for a spin on an evening full of
music and lights. Leica cameras began as a dream and traveled 100
years to become an icon. The new Leica T Camera System is the
continuation of that journey into the future. Experience the pure joy
of photography at its most basic. With only five control elements
on the Leica T Camera you, the photographer, create the image that
you see without extraneous controls complicating the process.
The Leica T Camera System is engineered from the finest materials
and incorporates a logically designed, intuitive camera autofocus
system. With 12 loaner systems, participants will be able to catch
the light of the magic hour as we explore the scenes of Clematis at
Night with the mirrorless, Leica T Camera System. Our program will
start with camera basics and members will be free to explore
Clematis on their own or with personal instruction.

Location: Courtyard

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Community Event 611

Twenty-Five Photographs that changed the world with J Tomas Lopez

A fascinating, historical, presentation by Florida artist and University of Miami Professor Lopez, on the 25 images that impacted the world in both positive and negative ways. Beginning with Nicephore Niepce and ending with the images from Abu Ghraib, how do the images presented form a new paradigm for our understanding and perception of the world.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 612

Photographic Seeing: An Approach to Maximizing Your Creative Message with Gordon Brown

This visual program will help you follow a systematic creative approach to making expressive photographs more easily. This approach will help your photographs convey the story that you saw and imagined, before you clicked the shutter. Brown will cover, Photographic Visual Preferences, and explain the following photographic aspects in detail: Lighting, Subjects, Messages, Relationships, and Composition. Using photographs in almost every slide, he will illustrate, in detail, how to help you make more creative photographs using proven visual preferences. You will be able to make expressive photographs that illustrate your creative intent more easily. Detailed notes will be provided.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 613

Behind the Scenes With a National Geographic Picture Editor with Dennis Dimick

Join Dennis Dimick of National Geographic as he shows and tells the story behind the creation of photography in four major 2014 magazine projects he edited. As a picture editor and the magazine's environment editor, Dennis worked closely with several world-renewed photographers–Robb Kendrick, Jim Richardson, George Steinmetz, Michael Melford and Peter Essick–to orchestrate and produce powerful documentary photography coverages on the effects of coal mining, the challenge for farmers and farming in feeding a hungry world, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and the loss of Western U.S. snowpacks and the California drought of 2014. His presentation will feature pictures from these published stories and he will explain the strategy behind the photography, what it took to get the pictures, and how they were made.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 614

Stories That Need To Be Told: The Best of the First Decade: Award Winning with Scott Mc Kiernan

Join us for “Stories That Need To Be Told” a powerful multimedia presentation designed especially for FOTOfusion 2015. Award-winning picture editor Scott Mc Kiernan will review the best of reportage online magazine zReportage, as seen through the eyes of ZUMA Wire Service’s top photojournalists worldwide. He will lead off with the best of last 10 years and over 550 stories seen by millions world wide-- a new in-depth story every Tuesday. These pictures need to seen! Joining Scott will be top photographers whose stories have run on zReportage: Renee C. Byer, Mary F. Calvert and Ruaridh Stewart to talk about the behind the scenes of their important essays.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Event 615

The Workers on the new World Trade Center with Fred Conrad

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the New York Times decided to publish a special section emphasizing the progress at the World Trade Center site. There was a concerted effort to avoid the painful and emotional issues that had been dealt with in previous anniversary sections. I had spent a lot of time documenting the work at the site and was always impressed by the many different types of workers. The editor of the section eagerly accepted my proposal to do worker portraits before seeing any examples. During this presentation I will speak about how I chose the approach I used in these portraits and the collaboration with the subjects and the team doing the online presentation.


Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Event 617

"Watch Those Pixels Fly!!” Portrait Painting with Digital Paint with Jeremy Sutton

A Live Painting Demonstration on the Mac and iPad" using Corel Painter

Come see internationally recognized Corel Painter Master Jeremy Sutton and "Watch Those Pixels Fly!!” during his live painting demonstration on the Mac and iPad. The Oxford University-trained physicist, who has drawn since he was three, creates fine art, portrait painting commissions and performs live digital portrait painting as entertainment at special events. Watch this unique presenter in action.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 618

A Fashion Photographer’s Evolution into Fine Art Photography with Robert Farber

Follow the evolution of a nontraditional 40 year career path from its beginning, where Farber sold his photography on the street, to his successful career in both fashion/beauty and fine art.  From his first book of fine art nudes in 1976, Farber’s expansive career includes shooting men’s fashion for GQ, women’s beauty for Revlon & Ponds, and fashion for Saks Fifth Ave, while at the same time exhibiting in galleries worldwide. With half a million books sold, Farber’s story and images will inspire you whether you’re a photographer or just someone who enjoys viewing beautiful images.


Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 619

Readings from the book

During the 1980's and 1990's, artist and writer Grace Schaub interviewed many of the most influential photographers of the time for magazines such as Photographer's Forum, View Camera and Camera Arts. The book, 20th Century Photographers, is a collection of these interviews and essays, and includes photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann, Arnold Newman, Gordon Parks, Carl Mydans, Joyce Tenneson, and many more. In this session, editor, and Grace's husband, George Schaub, reads from a sampling of the work and will play select voice recordings from the interviews so you can hear the photographers in their own words. The book is a tribute to Grace's work and to the many photographers who helped define the age through their images and actions.  Focal Press, 2015, 20th Century Photographers, by Grace Schaub, will be available at the Palm Beach Photo Centre book store.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Event 620

Making Something from Very Little with Stephen Crowley

Don’t miss this unique presentation, a fascinating look at Florida by Stephen Crowley, Washington based staff photographer for The N. Y. Times, who has spent most of his career masquerading as a newspaper photographer while producing idiosyncratic projects that push the boundaries of photojournalism and reveal unvarnished truths about his subjects. Crowley will discuss ways to create a photograph using rhythm, texture, light and shadow-and a moment; and share techniques used in a portfolio of work from a book project he's putting the finishing touches on called "Times Spent: Florida 1972-1982.”

Location: Library Auditorium