Bill Durrence has over 40 years of experience as a professional photographer (“I started very young”). He’s spent that time shooting editorial and commercial assignments and teaching photography in various academic programs, workshops and seminars. For 14 years he worked for Nikon’s Professional and Technical Services Department and while there taught the Nikon School of Photography for nine years.
Bill is now a freelance photographer and imaging consultant and continues to teach the current Nikon School of Photography as the lead instructor. Bill also conducts a variety of national and international photography workshops, and provides private classes customized for individuals and small groups.Back to Top
Bob Pearson has been a news photographer for over 30 years. His entry into photojournalism began at the University of Nebraska and has taken him around the world. Starting in newspapers Bob moved to Agence France-Presse(AFP), the French wire-service, where he became Director of Photography for North America.
Over the years Bob’s covered presidential administrations (Bill Clinton and George W. Bush) and conventions, wars and political turmoil in Central, South America and Haiti and the U.S. space program. He’s covered sporting events from the Olympics to Super Bowls, Masters Golf, World Cup soccer, the NBA and MLB. He was the first photographer to transmit (via satellite) images out of Kuwait City during its liberation in the first Gulf War and ran the conversion of AFP to all-digital photography.
Bob now runs his own photography and consulting business out of his home in Texas, where he and his wife own two horses on their own small version of the Ponderosa.Back to Top
Dan Cox considers himself lucky to have been able to pursue his passion for the past thirty years, that of photographing nature in all its elements. While most people wait for good weather to take pictures, Dan thrives in bad weather, which provides more drama through light, color and mood. Natural history photography requires patience, and Dan’s patience and knowledge have helped him make photos that most miss, resulting in awards (BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best competitions), gallery shows (Nikon House NY and the Museum of Natural History in Britain) and ten books.
Dan’s two most satisfying achievements have been cover stories for National Geographic and his work for Polar Bears International, a group working to protect this endangered species. His work has been featured in numerous publications worldwide, and he regularly leads enthusiastic students on photographic adventures. His love and knowledge of our beautiful planet and its occupants, and passion for conservation, is infectious.Back to Top
Danny Moloshok started in photography in his hometown of Los Angeles by working in the photo lab for Allsport Photography (now Getty) while in high school. Going on to the University of Michigan, Danny continued his relationship with Getty while also starting to do work for the Associated Press and the European Photo Agency. Returning to LA after graduation, he began working professionally, primarily for Reuters. That’s meant covering the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, NCAA and just about any other sports represented by initials. That, in turn has led to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Stanley Cup, Davis Cup, U.S. Open Golf and Rose Bowl.
Danny’s also done extensive entertainment and celebrity photography with The Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmys, Independent Spirit Awards, The People’s Choice Awards, the BET Awards and Sundance Film Festival. He’s also worked behind the scenes shooting stills for such shows as The Contender, Rock Star, On the Lot and America’s Next Top Model.
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Dave Black has been a freelance photographer for over 30 years, his work primarily centered on the sports industry for publications such as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and ESPN. He’s covered events from the Masters to the Kentucky Derby, the National Football League, NASCAR and extensive Olympics work (including twelve Olympics games). Internationally recognized for his creative use of light, and in particular with the technique of lightpainting, Dave’s portfolio continues to grow with images for National Geographic and the recent book “Where Valor Rests, Arlington National Cemetery.”
His clients include VISA, Coca Cola, Xerox, Chevy, Hallmark and Nikon. Some of the publishers Dave’s worked with are National Geographic Books, Simon and Schuster, Bantam Double Day and Hyperion.
In addition to shooting, Dave’s enthusiasm has made him a popular speaker and teacher of photography for over twenty years, and his website tutorials draw over 100,000 unique visitors each month.
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning freelance photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the NY Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. While a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, she won the prestigious Casey Medal and the Associated Press’s Mark Twain Award, in addition to numerous other awards. Deanne was a finalist in 2005 for UNICEF’s “Photo of the Year” award. Her work has been shown at Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan, France, the largest international photojournalism festival.
She won the Pulitzer in 2005 for a photo essay about a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who was nearly killed by an explosion, and his courageous battle as doctors in tried to mend his wounds while he adapted to life in America.
She is a frequent lecturer on photojournalism, and when not speaking or shooting assignments is the co-founder, along with husband Kurt Rogers, of Think Tank Photo, a premier camera bag manufacturer for the pro market.
Just DeHaas has been in photojournalism since the mid-80s, working in Dallas (Morning News), New Mexico (freelance) and Denver (Rocky Mountain News). She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for her part in a project documenting violent human rights abuses against women around the world. She’s also won the Harry Chapin World Hunger Award, the Barbara Jordan Award for reporting on people with disabilities, the Johns Hopkins Award, and an award of excellence from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. In addition to her own awards, she helped edit and coach Todd Heisler to his 2006 Pulitzer-winning project, “Final Salute.”
Judy’s strengths are her curiosity, her ability to communicate ideas in many forms, her commitment to bring readers and viewers to places they would never get to go, and her obsession with inspiring people to follow their dreams. She’s always been intrigued by the human condition - what links us together versus what tears us apart.Back to Top
Lynn Goldsmith is an award-winning portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, US, Bunte, Paris Match and more. Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extraordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her thirty years of photography have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the natural wonders of our planet.
In addition to having her work appear in many other books, Lynn has had ten of her own photographic books published: Rock and Roll, The Police:1978-1983, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, New Kids, Circus Dreams, PhotoDiary, Springsteen: Access All Areas, and Flower.
Lynn’s professional achievements aren’t limited only to the world of photography: she is the youngest member ever to be inducted into the DGA (Director’s Guild of America). In 1971, she was the director of Joshua Television, the first company to do video magnification for rock groups entertaining at large venues. In 1972, she was a director for the first rock show on network television; ABC’s “In Concert”. In 1973, Lynn directed “We’re An American Band”, the first music documentary to be released as a theatrical short. In the mid-seventies, Lynn stopped her directing to concentrate more fully on photography.Back to Top
For years, Mark Alberhasky’s viewfinder was that on a microscope. Trained as a pathologist, Mark was a physician whose hobby was photography. In 2004 that changed when he was featured in Nikon World magazine and began doing advertising work for Nikon. Turning his passion into a career, he’s won awards from Smithsonian Magazine, the International Photography Awards and the Prix de la Photographie Paris. He works in commercial advertising, the medical field, textbooks and action sports, and is represented by Science Faction images, a Getty affiliate.
Mark’s also a popular speaker, from Photokina to local photo groups, and regularly leads photo trips around the world. Whether hanging backwards out of a race car speeding down the track, hovering inches from a surgical field in the operating room, or chest deep in water chasing a windsurfer, he finds unique combinations of subject and light. If all this sounds like something you’d read in a “how to change your career” book, you’d be right. An author familiar with Mark’s evolving photo career was so struck by his passion and success that he became subject matter for a book on re-inventing yourself.Back to Top
Matt Mendelsohn got his start in photography in the news field, working for UPI (United Press International). In the early nineties he moved to USA Today as a photographer, then transitioned to News Picture Editor before becoming Director of Photography for USA Weekend. In 2001 he left that job for freelance. In addition to being called “one of the best wedding photographers in America,” Matt’s a writer. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, he’s a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and he’s done cover stories for the Washington Post Magazine.
Matt’s covered wars and the White House, professional sporting events and celebrities. Flown across the country with a squadron of stealth fighters, crawled through newly discovered Egyptian tombs, and photographed more brides than he cares to admit. He’s done it with view cameras Mathew Brady would recognize, Hasselblads that Irving Penn would have used, and digital cameras with more computing power than Apollo 11. He learned early on that in the end, the camera choice doesn’t matter as much as the image you record.Back to Top
Michael Schwarz is an Atlanta-based photographer and digital photography consultant. A three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, Michael is also the recipient of the Dag Hammarskjöld Award for Human Rights Advocacy Journalism, and was chosen by Life magazine as one of the country’s outstanding young photographers.
A frequent exhibitor and lecturer on photography, Michael has completed more than 6,000 assignments for newspapers, magazines and corporations during the course of his career. Some of his editorial clients include USA Today, The New York Times, Fortune, Business Week, Forbes, Time, National Geographic Traveler, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Corporate clients have included Coca-Cola, UPS and The Home Depot.
A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Michael has served on the board of the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the Southeast chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. He’s also a co-founder of weddingbureau.com.
Rob Van Petten
Rob Van Petten borrowed his dad’s camera at the age of 12 and never returned it. He went on to get a degree from Boston University in Photojournalism and then began creating marketing images for companies like Data General, Digital Equipment and NEC and annual reports for Reebok, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Etonic, Robert Mondavi, Ray Ban, Rockport, Leviz, Converse, Bose, Kodak and Polaroid. Rob’s travelled the world shooting fashion catalogs for clients including Talbots, Carroll Reed, Johnny Appleseed, Garnet Hill, Bob’s Stores and Foot Locker.
Rob has won numerous Communications Arts, Art Directors Club and Andy Awards over the past 30 years. With a shift toward the internet, his website has won the FWA Award, the TINY Award and Yahoo’s Favorite Site. He has been featured in Photo District News, American Photo, Petersen’s Photographic, Studio Photography & Design, and Digital Photo Pro. He is the Photography Program Director at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, teaching digital fashion shooting and photo illustration.
Rob speaks regularly on digital imaging topics for the Mentor Series, at the Photo Plus Expo and PMA. Recently his articles have appeared in Nikon World, Nikon Pro, PDN, Kodak Pro Pass , Digital Photo Pro, and Professional Photographer Magazine.Back to Top
Rosanne Pennella began her professional life with law school, a federal court clerkship and then working for New York law firms. A gift of a camera in 1994 turned into a new career in 1997 as she discovered her true passion - photography. Now she’s an internationally recognized travel photographer, instructor, writer, consultant, and speaker.
Today you may find her leading photo trips around the world, doing work for The New Yorker, Travel Holiday, Popular Photography, Asian Photography, Shutterbug, Geographic Expeditions, Random House and The New York Times or one of many international tourism offices. She’s also a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the New School in New York City.Back to Top
Tom is a freelance photographer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He shoots for a wide variety of editorial, commercial and advertising clients. It wouldn’t be unusual for him to be photographing a fighter pilot for a trade magazine one day and the next day shooting ice climbers for a national ad campaign. His editorial assignments range from the Wall Street Journal to National Geographic Adventure.
Tom is also a contributing editor at PC Photo magazine, and frequently writes for other photography magazines as well. He was on the list of National Geographic Adventure’s “50 of America’s Top Visionaries,” for his photography, and his images have been featured by Nikon and American Photo. His images have been used in magazines, brochures, billboards, books, postcards, calendars worldwide. He regularly teaches photo workshops, and is a member of ASMP.Back to Top