Melanie Light’s expertise lies in uniting text and images. She writes about photography, has written in collaboration with photographer Ken Light on two projects: Coal Hollow (2006) and Valley of Shadows and Dreams (2012), which was awarded the Gold Medal for "contributions to publishing" by the California Book Awards in 2013.

She has published several special edition photography books. The special edition of Night at the Met, with photographs by Larry Fink was added to the permanent collection of the Cleveland Art Musem and shown in their exhibit, "DIY: Photographers and Books". She has worked in multimedia to extend the reach of her projects. She was the founding executive director of Fotovision, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the international community of documentary photographers, and is the recipient of grants from the Soros Documentary Fund and the Rosenberg Foundation. Light teaches and lectures internationally.

Her work is published in The New York Times Sunday ReviewNPPA Online, The Christian Science Monitor and others. Salon published a great interview with Melanie regarding Coal Hollow, a book she co-authored with Ken Light about the people and families that coal mining has left behind in West Virginia

  • Book Publishing
  • Project Consulting
  • Photography - editing, writing, collaborating
  • Creative and Investigative Writing
  • Teaching
  • Public speaking