March 29 - 31, 2018 Defense Media Activity, Ft Meade & Element Hotel, Arundel Mills, MD
Michael Edrington is an accomplished photographer whose 31 years as a U.S. Army officer include many command and staff positions relating to photography, publishing and visual communications. He was commander of the Army's 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), deputy commander and publisher of Stars & Stripes Pacific in Tokyo and commander of the American Forces Network Europe in Frankfurt. He is now the civilian deputy director of the Defense Imagery Management Operation Center known as DIMOC. Most recently he directed publishing and was managing editor for the books, Where Valor Rests—Arlington National Cemetery and For Children of Valor. Other accomplishments include co-curator of the photo exhibit “Desert Storm, A Photographic Diary” at the Smithsonian's American History Museum. He has received the NPPA Morris Berman Award and the President's Medal for service to photojournalist and the photojournalism profession.
Susan Biddle was a Washington Post staff photographer for thirteen years and is now an independent photographer for various publications and organizations. She began her career photographing for the Peace Corps and later worked as a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Denver Post. After five years at the Denver Post she left to become a White House photographer documenting the Presidency for the last year of the Reagan administration and all four years of the George H.W. Bush administration. In 1996 she began working for the Washington Post. Prior to that she spent some time freelancing and her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Life, National Geographic and other publications worldwide. She has participated in various book projects including Day in the Life of America, Day in the Life of Thailand, Hong Kong – Here Be Dragons, Day in the Life of the American Woman and America at Home. She has won awards with White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association and has been a judge for various contests including White House News Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year and Hearst. She has also taught on programs and workshops including Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Mountain Workshop, Photography at the Summit and ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism study abroad programs.
Sharon Farmer is a photojournalist and lectures extensively on photography and photojournalism. Her recent solo photographic exhibit entitled Pro-Active Women was exhibited in 2009 at the Sewell-Belmont House and Museum on Capitol Hill in Washington. She was the curator for the photography show entitled Cuba Now at the District of Columbia's Sumner Museum and curator for Touchstone Gallery's Regional Photography Competition and Exhibition. Formerly an assignment editor for the Associated Press, she was part of the A.P. team in 2003 that covered the Super Bowl in San Diego, California. Ms. Farmer was the campaign photographer for Sen. John Kerry's presidential election campaign in 2004. Farmer served as Director of the White House Photography Office from 1999-2001. A White House photographer since 1993, she documented the Clinton-Gore Administration since it's beginning. Ms. Farmer has been a professional photojournalist and exhibition photographer for more than 35 years, shooting news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to name a few.