Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today announced that the nonprofit organization’s 25th annual FOTOfusion will spotlight photojournalist Carol Guzy, who will receive the 5-day festival’s prestigious FOTOmentor Award.
Odyssey of Hope: Stories That Need to Be Told
February 11 to April 25
FREE Opening Reception on February 12 6 to 8 pm
Carol Guzy is the only photojournalist to be honored with four Pulitzer Prizes (1986, 1995, 2000, 2011). During her long career as a staff photographer for the Miami Herald and The Washington Post, she has documented an incredible amount of turmoil, upheaval and human suffering from Chechnya to Mosul to the earthquake in Haiti and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, all photographed with Guzy’s unique passion and respect for all living things.
According to her bio on the Pulitzer’s website, Guzy “graduated in 1978 with an associate’s degree in registered nursing… A change of heart led her to study photography at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she graduated in 1980 with an applied science associate’s degree in photography. While at the Art Institute she interned the Miami Herald which hired her as a staff photographer upon her graduation. After eight years there during which she won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography (as one of a two-member team covering the Armero, Columbia mudslide), she moved to Washington, D.C. to become a staff reporter for The Washington Post.”
Carol Guzy will deliver the FOTOfusion Keynote lecture on Friday, February 14, at 1 pm. The lecture title is: Shooting with Passion: How Your Emotional Connection to a Story Makes for Great Reportage. She will share her images and the stories behind them from her decades-long career covering some of the worst natural and humanitarian disasters and brutal wars of our time. Guzy will explain how to show the effects of these crises through the eyes of those affected, how to connect with individuals in these situations, how to make emotionally impactful and iconic images with great humanity while preserving and honoring the dignity of her subjects.
Previous FOTOmentor Awards winners include Vincent Versace, Howard Schatz, Douglas Kirkland, Walter Ioos, Jr., Joyce Tenneson, Laurence Gartel, Ralph Gibson, Gordon Parks, Sebastiao Salgado, Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, David Hume Kennerly, Duane Michaels and David Rubinger.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, FOTOfusion, the popular cultural festival “where creativity and technology fuse” attracts thousands of professional and hobbyist photographers to West Palm Beach for five days of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, portfolio reviews, hands-on computer classes, demonstrations, and photo shoots taught by more than 60 world renowned photographers, digital imaging artists and picture editors – all of whom donate their time and expertise to educate, mentor and encourage creativity among participants of all levels and ages.
A Palm Beach Photographic Centre Happening
as part of the 25th FOTOfusion
Sponsored by ZUMA Press
Scott Mc Kiernan presents work and a conversation with all-time Pulitzer winner and 2020 FOTOmentor Carol Guzy, plus:
+ Newspaper Photographer of the Year Richard Tsong-Taatarii of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
+ Local super star photographer from The Palm Beach Post Greg Lovett
+ Thomas Kennedy, ASMP Director, “The Godfather of multi-media” and former for Director of Photography for National Geographic
+ Surprise cameos by famous photographers
Also, the world premiere of 365 2019 The Year of Eat a Peach by ZUMA Press, featuring the work of Sacramento Bee staffers Renee Byer and Paul Kitagaki Jr., and 363 other award-winning photographers with images from more than 60 countries, and more. All FREE. (Executive Producer: Jeremy Mc Kiernan)
FOTOvision 2020 will be held on February 14 from 6:30 to 9 pm, in the Lakeside Pavilion on the Waterfront (101 S. Flagler Drive) in downtown West Palm Beach.
For more information or to sign-up for FOTOfusion 2020, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org.
About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:
The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm; Monday through Thursday; 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.
The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching life through the photographic arts. All donations are greatly appreciated at www.workshop.org/contrib.