Frances Melhop is a narrative, story-telling visual artist, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, now living in the USA. She has worked globally in the fashion industry as a photographer, constructing imagery; conceptualizing, shooting, and directing folkloric - fairytale stories for publications such as Vogue Italy editions, Vogue Australia, Elle Portugal, and Marie Claire Italy.

In 2009, Melhop was Awarded by Luerzer's Archive, title World’s 200 Best Advertising Photographers for the images for the campaign of Descamps, France, in 2014 she was awarded the NNDA Comstock Innovator of the Year Award for her arts and community work at St Mary’s Art Center, in Virginia City, Nevada.

Melhop’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

She works in photography, printmaking, and oil paint, exploring portraiture, the representation of women, and ideas of temporality, impermanence, and memory.


Currently Melhop is teaching Visual Foundations, and is an MFA candidate on the Master of Fine Arts program, at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.