Born in Dublin, Melissa graduated from Trinity College with additional studies at the International Center of Photography & School of Visual Arts in New York. She began her career there as a union camera assistant on feature films and commercials.
As a director of photography, she has lensed projects in Africa for the ‘Keep A Child Alive’ Foundation and filmed for Intel in Malaysia, India and Argentina to promote youth education initiatives. Melissa’s sensitive portrayal of her subjects challenges ideals of femininity, strength & beauty. She finds elegance in simplicity and her work shows a mastery of natural light.
Her award wining shorts are in the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum and have screened at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and at MoMA, New York. In 2017 her work formed a chapter of Ugo Rondinone’s exhibition-as-artwork love letter “I 🖤John Giorno”, in a video environment created by Rirkrit Tiravanija to screen ‘John Giorno Reads’.
Melissa collaborates with international commercial production companies such as Radical Media, Park Pictures, Supply & Demand and Picture Farm and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.
She has lectured at the summer workshop series at the International Center of Photography in New York CIty and at La Fémis in Paris.
Melissa is based in Valencia, Spain & continues to work internationally.