Ever fascinated by art and moving things and travel – Nan Melville enjoys a stimulating career as Photographer, Videographer and Photojournalist. She has worked with subjects across the gamut from Princess Diana, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Mikhail Baryshnikov through talented 4-year-olds at Pre-College.
Through clients – among them The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The New York Times – she has met and recorded an impressive array of outstanding artists of all kinds. On a New York Times assignment, she was introduced to Protima Bedi and her Classical Indian dance ensemble, Nrityagram. This resulted in her documentary, NRITYAGRAM: For the Love of Dance (27 International Film Festivals and several awards for this documentary – and counting).
Nan won first prize in the Nikon Nissan International Travel Photography contest, amongst other photographic awards.
In 1990 Nan was invited to the International Ballet Festival of Havana to photograph the Festival and Alicia Alonso for Dance Magazine. That sparked a great interest in Cuba – and the dance and music there. She has made several subsequent visits to the Festival and for her solo photographic exhibition in Havana sponsored by the Cyprus Mission there (2015). At present she is working on her documentary, Cuban Ballet: Art Triumphant! In 2018, Nan was honoured to be named the J. Luce Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence on Cuban Ballet.
Nan did the cinematography with Sasha Popov for Terese Capucilli’s film, Lawrence ‘Reed’ Hansen; The Sacrosanct Accompanist.
Nan is South African and holds a B.A. UED (English, Speech and Drama) from Rhodes University.