Two Major Events in January 2014:
+ 19th Annual FOTOfusion
+ David Rubinger: My Eye on Israel
(West Beach, FL – December 16, 2013) Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today announced that the nonprofit organization would be hosting two major events in January:
+ The 19th annual FOTOfusion, a five-day festival for amateur and professional photographers – January 14-18.
+ An exhibition by this year’s FOTOmentor David Rubinger, Israel’s preeminent photojournalist – January 14-March 2014.
The 19th annual FOTOfusion will offer more than 100 workshops, lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, portfolio reviews, hands-on computer classes, demonstrations, and photo shoots taught by an impressive faculty of industry leaders and photographic giants who donate their time and expertise to educate, mentor and encourage creativity among participants of all levels and ages. FOTOfusion bills itself as “where creativity and technology fuse,” and it attracts participants from around the globe.
Among the events and activities scheduled for FOTOfusion 2014 are:
+ Portfolio Reviews by 100 Experts
+ Mini FOTOshoots
+ Seminars & Panel Discussions
+ Hands-on Computer Labs
+ Multimedia Presentations
+ Photography & Digital Art Exhibitions
+ Book Signings & Gallery Walks
+ Fuse & Schmooze Parties Nightly
+ FOTOfusion Technology Centre
In addition, the Photo Centre will present numerous Community Presentations during FOTOfusion, all given by world-renowned photographers including Dan Burkholder, Jim Colton, Dennis Dimick, Arnold Drapkin, Barbara Ellison, John Isaac, Julie Adair King, Scott McKiernan, Bob McNeely, Robert Pledge, Michael Ritzer, Al Satterwhite, Ted Spiegel, Adam Stoltman, Joyce Tenneson, Janice Wendt and Allison Wright.
The presentation by FOTOmentor Award winner David Rubinger will be on Thursday, July 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. The topics of other community presentation range from sports photography to iPhone artistry to the ongoing digital evolution and everything in between. Attendance is FREE for members of Palm Beach Photographic Centre and Gold or Silver Passport holders, and $10 per person for everyone else. No advance registration is required. For more information, please visit www.FOTOfusion.org.
My Eye On Israel
One highlight of the upcoming FOTOfusion will be the presentation of the prestigious FOTOmentor Award to David Rubinger, the unofficial photographer-
In many ways, Mr. Rubinger’s own story reflects the history of Israel that he has recorded so faithfully with his camera. Born in Vienna in 1924, he came to British Palestine in 1939 to escape the Nazis and developed a passion for photography while serving in the British army’s Jewish Brigade in World War II.
After fighting in Israel’s War of Independence, he became a professional news photographer--
But Rubinger has not confined his reporting to war and politics. By photographing the successive waves of Jewish immigrants from Europe, the Arab world, Russia, and Ethiopia, he has also created a valuable record of Israel's transformation from a country of six hundred thousand to a nation of seven million. Rubinger's signature photograph is of Israeli paratroopers at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, shortly after its recapture by Israeli forces in the 1967 Sex-Day War.
Mr. Rubinger’s photographs have traveled to exhibitions around the world. His book, Israel Through My Lens, is the definitive record of the 60 years since Israel's independence and provides vivid behind-the-scenes glimpses of the fast-paced and sometimes daring work of a photojournalist, telling the stories behind his most famous pictures.
The public is invited to a FREE reception honoring Mr. Rubinger on Thursday, January 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thanks to direct support from the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, David Rubinger will also be the focus of the January 6 session of CULTURE & COCKTAILS at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, where he will be interviewed by Arnold Drapkin, who spent more than 40 years associated with Time Inc., including a decade as Picture Editor of Time Magazine. Now in its 9th season, the popular CULTURE & COCKTAILS series is sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
About the FOTOmentor Award:
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 and Robert Glenn Ketchum.
About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:
A registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.
+ David Rubinger - My Eye on Israel
+ David Rubinger - Israeli Paratroopers at the Wailing Wall
+ David Rubinger - IDF Silhouette
+ David Rubinger - Begin & Sadat
+ David Rubinger - Judaism
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Palm Beach Photographic Centre