Born in Paris in 1970, Melanie-Jane Frey bought her first camera at age 13 and got her first job with the press at 17. She meets with the professionnal corporation through an internship in the famous photo agency Magnum in Paris, France. In the 90’s, as a correspondent in Rome and the Vatican, she learned the ropes as a photojournalist with the International press.
She returned to Paris in 2001, and was commissioned to cover the next two presidential elections – her first in ‘02; the second in ‘07 – with assignments from Le Figaro Magazine, Le Monde, the JDD and Marianne. Also during the 2000s, she looked at the Islamization of women in Iraq (for Italian Marie Claire); on the hopes after Massoud in Afghanistan; and on the breakdown of the social fabric back in France.
With a degree in Political History and Art History, Melanie-Jane Frey then worked on AIDS in the Ivory Coast, on business women in Africa, on the Children of the Tsunami, on the Catholic Church and Christianity in Europe, as well as the suburbs issues and riots in France.
After 15 years in between assignments for most of the French newspapers and magazines, as well as various international NGOs (such as Medair) and diplomatic and international institutions (such as the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), she decided to explore other facets of her vocation of image maker:
Since 2013, Melanie-Jane divides her time between a photographic chronic about believers in the French weekly magazine La Vie and Fine Art photography. Her work is focused on primitive techniques and alternative photographic processes such as platinium/palladium prints, cyanotypes, wet plate collodion collodion and photogravure. She often crosses her photographic practice with the use of visual arts technics, always searching for new way to articulate her vision of the world, her vision of beauty, her vision of poetry.