Melanie Burford explores long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. A photographer and multimedia journalist based in Bergen, Norway, her career began in New Zealand working at The Evening Post before moving to America in 1999 where she attended Ohio University. She became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News, where she was part of the team of photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Melanie has had an extensive teaching career including: Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Team Leader and Multimedia Producer at Eddie Adams Workshop; Instructor of Video Storytelling at the NPPA Northern Short Course; Keynote Speaker and Coach at the multimedia Fall Workshop at Syracuse University; Video Storytelling Instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology and Kodak Seminar Series Presenter touring Australia and New Zealand. Melanie’s work has been recognized at the EMMY Advanced Media Awards, the Webby Awards, the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International. Melanie is a founding member of the photo collective, Prime.