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Nan MelvilleI was born in Kimberley, South Africa.  My interest in photography started at school and continued as a hobby at Rhodes University where I studied English and Drama.

The photographs I took of the plays we performed were very well received, and planted a seed of an idea; maybe my hobby could possibly one day transition into a livelihood.  The seed lay dormant while I taught high school English and Speech & Drama from 1973 to 1980 in Cape Town.

When I was unexpectedly offered the job of Assistant Photographer at the former Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal (now Gauteng), it blossomed.  After 6 years of invaluable experience at PACT, and wishing to further my career in one of the cultural capitals of the world, I moved to New York in 1986.

The past 23 years as a freelance photographer and videographer have been fulfilling professionally as well as personally.  In addition to still photography I do extensive video work, including documentaries.

As well as photographic and video assignments, I do creative and artistic photographic work such as Polaroid transfers and collections of photographs on different themes and treatments.

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