Frances Melhop is a narrative, story-telling visual artist. She was born in the Pacific Islands, her beloved Aoteoroa, in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has worked globally in the fashion industry as an editorial and advertising photographer, constructing imagery; conceptualizing, shooting, directing and post-producing folkloric - fairytale stories for publications such as Vogue Italy editions, Vogue Australia, Elle Portugal, and Marie Claire Italy.
In 2009 Frances was Awarded by Luerzer's Archive, title “World’s 200 Best Advertising Photographers” for the images for the campaign of Descamps, France 2009/2010, later she was awarded the NNDA “Comstock Innovator of the Year Award” for her work at St Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City in the Comstock region of Nevada. Recently she was recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholarship, University of Nevada, Reno (photography and painting) and the Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Award.
Frances’ work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. In 2011 she moved to Nevada, USA, to be with her husband and family, where she continues working with her European, Oceanic and New York clients in photography, painting and creative directing.
A photograph implies reality and truth, which creates an implicit conundrum, as alone each image captures only a fragment of time with no surrounding contextual information. Frances works in photography, oil paint, and print mediums, exploring this dislocation, approaching ideas of identity, memory, narrative, and belonging in women and girls.
She is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.