Advisory Board


Marcus Lewis worked part time selling photographic equipment and materials in a local camera shop while studying photography at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. Following college he began his career as a studio and wedding photographer, but after moving to California in 1984, he turned toward the manufacturing side of the industry. Marcus worked 22 years as the Support Manager for Newell Color Lab in Los Angeles, which became Crush Creative and then Coloredge in Burbank. During this time Marcus managed a staff of 15 Project Managers, each of who supported individual and corporate clients in entertainment, aerospace, retail, architectural and general photography. As Coloredge diversifies to serve the corporate imaging industry beyond photography, Marcus’ career continues to evolve. For the next three years he served as Account Manager, overseeing projects for several multi-million dollar accounts. Today, working in collaboration with designers, art directors and others, Marcus’ responsibilities include project management and coordinating graphic engineering and production for several retail franchises.


David Burnett began working for Time and Life magazines in the late 1960s.  After two years in Vietnam, and the demise of Life weekly, he joined the French photo agency Gamma. In 1975 he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York.  Burnett’s work in Europe and the US has included politics, sports, portraiture, news and photographic essays for Time, Fortune, GEO, Paris-Match and ESPN Magazine. He has covered every Summer Olympic Games since 1984, as well as the 2002 and 2014 Winter Games, and photographed every American President since John F. Kennedy. Burnett’s awards include “Magazine Photographer of the Year” from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the “World Press Photo of the Year”, and the “Robert Capa Gold Medal” from the Overseas Press Club. He served on the World Press Jury in 1997, 1999, and chaired the jury in 2011. Burnett has authored two photographic books: Soul Rebel – An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley, and 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World, a picture essay made during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.


Laurie Hartman earned a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. She spent the next six years working as an advertising photographer in New York City. Hartman relocated to Orange County in 1989, and for the next twenty years, she operated a successful commercial photography studio specializing in food and beverage imagery for local and national advertising, corporate and editorial clients including CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito, Hardees, La Salsa), Taco Bell, Marie Callender’s Restaurants, BJ’s Restaurants, Bon Appetit Magazine, Con Agra Foods, and Yankee Publishing. Hartman‘s teaching experience includes adjunct positions at Santa Monica College, Cypress College and California State University/Fullerton. She joined the full-time faculty at Mt. San Antonio College in 2007 where she serves today as Professor of Photography. In addition to her classroom assignments, she manages all aspects of the photography program and serves as Co-Chair of the Commercial and Entertainment Arts Department.


CurtoHeadSmall Jeff Curto is Professor Emeritus of Photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he taught from 1984 to 2014. In 2013 Curto was named as an Apple Distinguished Educator. A long-time member of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), Curto was elected to its Board of Directors in 2008 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee. He presently hosts two podcasts about photography, one that presents a full semester of the History of Photography, and another, titled Camera Position, addresses the creative aspects of photography.