Mackenzie Calle is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.

She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Cinema Studies and was awarded the Director’s Fellowship to attend ICP’s Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program. She was selected to Eddie Adams Workshop class XXXV. Prior to her photography career, she was a photo producer at NBCUniversal.

Mackenzie was selected as a Magnum Foundation Counter Histories Fellow in 2022. That same year, she was named one of the Lenscratch 25 to Watch and was shortlisted for the PhMuseum Women Photographers Grant. In 2023, she was named as a LensCulture Emerging Talent Award winner and received the Dear Dave Fellowship.

Her project, The Gay Space Agency, was awarded the 2024 World Press Photo for North & Central America, Open Format, and was a finalist for the 2024 Sony World Photography Awards. 

Her work has been exhibited at Photoville, Pride Photo Festival, and Noorderlicht International Photo Festival.

Clients include National Geographic, The Washington Post, GAYLETTER, Discovery, MSNBC, and The Wall Street Journal. 

 Instagram @Mackenzie.Calle


2024 WORLD PRESS PHOTO, North & Central America Open Format Winner


2024 AESTHETICA ART PRIZE, Longlisted Artist

2023 DEAR DAVE, Fellowship Winner

2023 LENSCULTURE, Emerging Talent Winner 


2022 MAGNUM FOUNDATION, Counter Histories Grantee

2022 PHMUSEUM, Women Photographers Grant, Shortlist 

2022 LENSCRATCH, Student Prize Honorable Mention


Eddie Adams Workshop XXXV

International Center of Photography, Documentary Practice & Visual Journalism, Director’s Fellowship

New York University, BA, Cinema Studies 


2023 Regenerate, Group Exhibition, Noorderlicht International Photo Festival

2023 Photoville, Container Exhibition

2023 Pride Photo, Group Exhibition

2022 The Curated Fridge, Group Exhibition

2022 Shifting Selves, Group Exhibition, International Center of Photography


2023 SANTA FE WORKSHOPS, Artist Talk

2022 EDITED, OKS Berlin

2022 Lenscratch: 25 to Watch

2022 Shift Magazine, Featured Photographer

2022 PhMuseum Featured Story