The BFA Photography Department recently published Issue 17 of its award-winning tri-annual magazine, Dear Dave,. With direction from editor-in-chief Stephen Frailey (chair of BFA Photography and co-chair of MPS Fashion Photography), the magazine’s editorial staff selected essays and portfolios that document temporality, reimagine conventional visual tropes and consider the future of photography in the Instagram age.
Moments in the lives of a drug addict and religious seeker converge in BFA Photography faculty member Tanyth Berkeley’s documentary project about Ruth, a woman shunned from her Mormon sect for calling out its leader for sex abuse, and Spice, a woman rejected by her family due to her addiction to speed. Contrast and color unify details as mud-soaked trash and parted lips receive the same attention. The look of longing for a distant future has more than one expression in Berkeley’s biographic homage to her subjects.
In the article “Swan’s Way,” SVA faculty member Lyle Rexer (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media; MPS Fashion Photography; and BFA Photography) considers the work of former students Molly Matalon (BFA 2014 Photography) and Corey Olsen (BFA 2014 Photography), photographers who “insist on the particularity of each photo” at a time “when the rules of ordering and specifying the boundaries of image groups are more important than the content of any individual picture.”
Also featured in issue 17 are Curtis Hamilton’s (BFA 2006 Photography) filtered images of rocky landscapes and scattered debris from the series “With Bare Hands,” and Carolyn Tompkins’s modern portrait of pattern and audience observation in a vast football stadium. Dear Dave is available at select bookstores, newsstands and by online subscription.