MACKENZIE CALLE (New York) is the recipient of Dear Dave, magazine's first annual Fellowship award of $1000 and a portfolio of the work to be published in the magazine. Her project “The Gay Space Agency” confronts “the American space program’s historical exclusion of openly LGBTQ+ astronauts to work towards a more inclusive future. The series celebrates queerness and highlights the history that has prevented astronauts from being ‘out’ in space.” The body of work includes original photography and manipulated NASA archival imagery, weaving a vivid narrative of inclusion.
Two other finalists were selected (from 700 portfolios submitted) by the jury to have a portfolio published in Dear Dave, HARLAN BOZEMAN (Arkansas), in his project ‘Out the E’ documents the complex social fabric in small town Elaine, Arkansas and its legacy of a racist and violent past. GIULIA PARLATO (UK) was recognized for “Diachronicles” which explores the fictions of museum and archeological practice and their play in our cultural myth.
The jurists of the Dear Dave, magazine Fellowship represented leading figures in various aspects of photographic culture, and included Andrew Sanigar (Thames and Hudson) David Campany (International Center for Photography) Azu Nwagbogu (Lagos Photo Festival) Alessia Glaviano (Head of Global PhotoVogue) Shana Lopes (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) Nick Vogelson (Document Journal) Chantal Webber (Webber Represents) and Stephen Frailey (Dear Dave, magazine).
About the newly created fellowship, Dear Dave, editor Stephen Frailey states “The Fellowship is an extension of our interest with the magazine—to provide a platform for the most original and challenging new photographic work and to commission compelling writing about it—and in this case share the work with an influential and visionary jury.”
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Dear Dave, magazine was founded in 2007 by Editor Stephen Frailey, and is published three times annually. It was named the best photography magazine of 2018 by the Lucie Foundation, and is available by subscription. For more information about Dear Dave, magazine, please visit deardavemagazine.com.