BIOCOMM 2018 Speaker Bios
Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Speaker
Creative director, photographer, designer, strategist and storyteller, Andrew Davidhazy will kick off the program with the Marie Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote address. Andrew travels all over the world creating experiences and narrative journeys that are meaningful and inspiring to people in some way. It doesn't matter what form that takes as long as it's the right one.
His project work has included the branding of China's largest sportswear company, Li-Ning, and Ottawa's NASL and CFL sports franchises; architecture and experience design programs for Boeing, Holiday Inn and the Edmonton Oilers Arena; product innovations for P&G, Citi and Rubbermaid; marketing campaigns for HP, Getty, SpotMe and Microsoft; and interactive installations and websites for AT&T, Chicago Cubs, GE Healthcare and Disney.
Andrew’s career has taken him around the world. One of his most memorable journeys was in 2013 when he completed a 5 month, 2660 mile long solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, going from the Mexican border to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington.
In June of 2017 he traveled to Iraq where his photographs and stories document the people and complexity of the Middle East region.
Andrew grew up on the RIT campus surrounded by his fathers, Professor Davidhazy’s innovative technical photography. In many ways, the darkroom and experiments at RIT and his passion for music and stage design at a young age have inspired his work and career path.
Andrews’s stories and images are just flat out amazing. Have a look at some of his work at davidhazy.com.
- Adventures in Human-Centered Design and Photography
(Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address)
The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture
Mark Maio, MFA
Mark Maio divides his time between personal fine art documentary photography and imaging in the field of ophthalmology. He has an Associate and Applied Science degree in technical photography, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Photography, a Master of Arts in Humanities and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Communication Design. He has held teaching positions at Emory University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and as an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.
From 1989 through 2005, Mark worked on a documentary project centered on Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood and the Irish men from there who unloaded the grain boats carrying cargo from the Midwest. Work on the project, entitled “Against the Grain” took him from Buffalo to a family wheat farm in Kansas, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and a trip across the Great Lakes on a grain boat from Duluth to Buffalo.
In 2006 he was selected by Adobe as one of twelve individuals to form their Biomedical Imaging Advisory Group. This group has worked with Adobe in their development of Photoshop Extended, the first version of the software program to contain medical, technical and scientific digital imaging tools.
Mark’s fine art photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country in addition to being included in public and private collections. In 2007 a (12) print portfolio of his “Against the Grain” work was purchased by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for their permanent collection. He is represented by Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta. Mark has a second home on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and teaches workshops there and at Silo City in Buffalo, NY. Information on these and other workshops can be found at his website markmaio.com.
- Photographic Life Lessons
(The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture)
Paul Crompton, FBCA
With forty years of experience as a photographer and teacher, and as former director of one of the largest medical illustration department in the UK, Paul Crompton is well placed to explore the development of photography as applied to medicine. He has published and presented papers on clinical photography in international journals and won a number of awards for his work. Paul was the 2014 BCA Schmidt Laureate. Although retired, Paul continues to 'work' as a photographer documenting project and charity work in sub-Saharan Africa.
Bill Durrence has been a long-time friend and supporter of BCA. Formerly a Nikon technical representative, he is currently retired as a professional photographer, although still thinks of himself as a photographer, maybe like Steiglitz, who always considered himself to be an amateur. Bill spends most of his time as an Alderman on Savannah's City Council. He has an ABJ degree (Print Journalism) from the University of Georgia and years of professional education at numerous workshops, as well as OJT from such knowledgeable sources as the many BPA/BCA associates that he worked with over the years in his capacity as a Nikon technical representative. Learn more about Bill at billdurrence.com
Bill Fortney is a photographer, writer, pilot, and highly sought-after presenter with over 48 years of experience in-the-field. Bill has done professional work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, sports photographer, (once an official photographer for the Washington Redskins), medical photographer, and nature/landscape photographer. Bill’s best-selling books include: The Nature of America (with David Middleton), American Vision (with David Middleton, John Shaw and Wayne Lynch), America From 500 Feet (with Wesley Fortney), Bill Fortney’s Great Photography Workshop and America From 500 Feet II (with Mark Kettenhofen). Bill’s books have sold well over 150,000 copies, placing him on the list of best-selling photographer/authors in America. Bill has been named a Fellow by the North American Nature Photographers Association and shares a portion of a Pulitzer Prize with the photo staff of the Louisville Courier Journal.
Bill currently teaches for KelbyOne and appears at Photoshop World as a speaker/teacher. Bill leads His Light Workshops, a Christian based workshop company and with Jack Graham Photography Workshops. Bill has been named as a Fujifilm X-Photographer and uses the Fuji X-System. You can learn more about Bill, his workshops and view his work at billfortney.com
Bill, and his wife Sherelene, live in Corbin, Kentucky, and have three grown children and six grandchildren.
David Graham, DVM, PhD
David L. Graham, DVM, PhD, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, retired after a 30-year career teaching veterinary pathology and research on diseases of wildlife. In addition, he mentored graduate students and pathology residents on medical specimen photography, photomicrography, and electron micrography. In retirement he built on a long interest in depth perception culminating in development of the 3-D conversion techniques described in his presentation.
Katharine Hanlon is a medical photographer at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Her background is in dermatological photography and skin imaging. Her special interests include 3-D imaging and printing applications in healthcare, polarized light viewing and photography, alternative light sources in clinical and forensic medicine, dermoscopy and microscopy. She holds a BFA in photography from The Ohio State University and has given several presentations related to her work as a clinical photographer. Her recent article reviewing applications for polarized light was published in The Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine in January of 2018.
- Cross-polarized and parallel-polarized light: Viewing and photography for examination and documentation of biological materials in medicine and forensics
James Hayden, RBP, FBCA
James Hayden is a Registered Biological Photographer, Fellow of the BCA and Louis Schmidt Laureate. He has been Managing Director of the Imaging Shared Resource at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for 15 years and in the field for over 30 years. His introduction to microscopy began in the BCA while working on his RBP. His work has been published widely in scientific journals and his images have appeared on many of those covers. James has presented internationally and locally on scientific imaging for both professional and lay audiences.
Ken Meats, RBP
Since leaving the corporate environment with over 30 years of experience in a number of visual media roles, Ken has been working as a self-employed media specialist. He utilizes DSLRs for both still photography and videography. By working with the cameras and networking with others working in the field he has learned to configure the cameras for a better image for motion imaging. He will share best practices and success stories during his presentation.
Denise Smith, PhD
Dr. Smith has been researching rock art since her undergraduate years. Both her master's thesis and doctorate's dissertation were about rock art sites. She remains one of the few art historians researching rock art, now continuing her work in the southeast. In addition to visiting rock art sites in the U.S., Dr. Smith has also had the opportunity to visit sites in India, Portugal, France, Great Britain, and Hong Kong. She also serves as an associate dean for the SCAD Atlanta location, administering Communication Arts and Liberal Arts, which includes Art History and the social sciences.
Simon is a Clinical Photographer based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, Scotland as part of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medical Illustration Services team. He is also a current Scottish board member for the Institute of Medical Illustrators. Simon has been a Clinical Photographer for nine years and has worked with several medical illustration departments around Scotland during this time. Dermatology has been his main specialty during his career. He has a particular interest in imaging things that can’t be seen by the naked eye and has been drawn toward photo dermoscopy as an area of special interest. Simon graduated in Photography and Film before completing a Postgraduate certificate in Clinical photography. He has since gone on to complete a BSc in Healthcare Science to enhance his practice as a clinical photographer.
- Optimising photo dermoscopy practice - An exploration of best practice in order to improve diagnostic accuracy
James Wetzel, PhD
As a professor of biology at a liberal arts college, Dr. Wetzel’s freshman classes are often a mix of science majors and non-majors in across various disciplines. But one common theme throughout his courses is their personal connection with the earth. He has developed Environmental Photography to help students develop their own photo essays of personal expression of environmental awareness. His doctoral degree is in Zoology, specifically working on marine embryos, and he uses primarily light and electron microscopy for research.