PHOTO LIVE with Dana Scruggs


On Monday 13 July New York-based photographer Dana Scruggs was in conversation with Grace Dlabik and Elias Redstone about her practice, the male body as a subject matter, and the importance of asking for help.

Originally from the Southside of Chicago, Dana Scruggs has been living and working in New York for the past 7 years.

In 2016 she launched SCRUGGS Magazine, a print publication dedicated to her vision of the male form. The magazine was a way for her to create editorial and creative content because none of the magazines that she approached would hire her. She wrote and photographed all of the content herself and the seminal issue became more akin to her visual diary and personal manifesto.

In the spring of  2018, after self assigning for almost six years – Dana was offered the opportunity to shoot ESPN’s Body Issue, which was her first major breakthrough in the industry.  Synonymously Dana then became the first Black female photographer to shoot an athlete for The Body Issue in it’s 10 year history.

Dana broke down even more barriers when, in November of 2018, she became the first Black Person to photograph the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in its 50 year history.

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