“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
— Ansel Adams
Mélanie Wenger is a documentary photographer Founding Member of Inland. She is a National Geographic Explorer. She lives where she works, between Texas, Brussels, Paris and Cape Town. Graduate in Litterature and a Master's degree of journalism, she develops long-term documentary stories exploring photography, sound and video. She has been collaborating with Le Figaro Magazine, National Geographic, Stern, VSD, Liberation, La Libre Belgique, Le Vif/L'Express...
In 2011, she started to work on the serie ' Wasted Young Libya ' which took her three years.
Between 2014 and 2016, she focused on migrations between Libya, Malta and Belgium, for the serie ' Lost in migration '.
Since 2014, she has developed a long-term documentary serie in the intimacy of an elderly isolated lady in Brittany: 'Marie-Claude'. She is laureate of the 2017 HSBC Prize for photography and published the book 'Marie-Claude' with Actes Sud Editions the same year.
She has been working on 'Sugar Moon', a documentary story exploring the interactions between human and animal and the exotic game industry worldwide, following anti-poaching teams, poachers and hunters in Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Texas and South Africa for four years. The project was LensCulture Emerging Talent 2018 and has been projected in the festival Visa pour l'Image 2019. 'Sugar Moon' was published in Le Figaro Magazine, National Geographic, Stern and Geo Germany.
In 2016, she started 'Broken Silence' a worldwide transmedia project collecting the stories of survivors of sexual violence to be published in 2021. She has been exploring augmented reality to find new ways of communication between magazines and web-platforms.
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