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The World’s Best Father

“The first World’s Best Father image I shot [Slide 1] was initially intended as a one-off,” wrote Dave Engledow in a 2013 Kickstarter campaign for a 2013 calendar of images from his series, “World’s Best Father.” “I wanted to capture the dazed, sleep-deprived obliviousness of the new father, while at the same time gently poking fun at myself and new fathers everywhere…Right before staging the shot, inspiration hit and I decided that the shot might be stronger if the coffee mug said something like ‘father of the year’ or some similar superlative so I purchased the mug that has since made an appearance in all 56 (and counting) images in this photo series.” First-time father Engledow stars in the images with his adorable daughter, Alice Bee, who was born in 2010. In the images, Engledow portrays the father he hopes he’ll never become—”distracted, self-absorbed, neglectful, clueless, or even occasionally overbearing.” Thanks to fan response, Engledow’s personal project has expanded into a new book, Confessions of the World’s Best Father [Gotham Publishing] released in May 2014.

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