Melanie McWhorter has been consulting with photographers for almost two decades. After moving to New Mexico in 1997, she managed the internationally recognized photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space until 2016.

She has gained a reputation as a knowledgeable photography professional; has been interviewed about photography in numerous print and online publications including PDN and NPR’s The Picture Show; has judged the prestigious photography competitions including Women Photojournalists of Washington’s Annual Exhibition and Fotografia: Fotofestival di Roma’s Book Prize; has reviewed portfolios at Fotografia, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe and PhotoNOLA; and taught and lectured at numerous venues including PhotoNOLA and University of North Texas. 

Curated Exhibitions

Fraction Magazine, Our Nature, 2015
The Un-Natural Nature of Food, Fraction Magazine, 2009
Jesse Burke and Susan Wosham, Lishui Photography Festival, 2009
The Dress Show, Fraction Magazine, 2008

Book Reviews

T , Susan Barnett, photo-eye Blog, 2015
The Art of Ruin, Robert Stivers, photo-eye Blog, 2015
Gardening at Night, Cig Harvey, photo-eye Blog, 2015
When I Was Six, Phillip Toledano, photo-eye Blog, 2015
Photobook: A History Vol. III, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, 2014
Touching Strangers, Richard Renaldi, photo-eye Blog, 2014
10x10 American Photobooks, 2013
Indie Publishing, photo-eye Magazine, 2009

Video Book Reviews

The Course of History, Bart Michiels
In the Beginning No Birds Sang, Anais Lopez
Birds of the West Indies, Taryn Simon
Rainbow Transit, Per-Anders Petersen
Photographs: Gary Briechle

Best Books Selections

Best Books 2016
Best Books 2015
Best Books 2014
Best Books 2013

Interviews by Melanie

Stephen Shore
Erika Diettes Part 1 and Part 2
Roger Ballen

Interviews with Melanie

Fraction Magazine Japan, 2015
Lay Flat, 2012
DuckRabbitSpeaks, 2010
Elizabeth Avedon's Blog, 2010
Photo Radio Blog with Lauren Henkin, 2011

Book Essays

Likeness and Otherness: The Individuality of Redheads essay in Flaming Grace with photographs by Vivian Keulards, self-published, 2016
Crossings, essay in Sasha with photographs by Claudine Doury published by Le Caillou Bleu, 2011


The Punctuation of Photobooks, Ahorn Magazine, 2011


Portfolios and Pets with work of Nicole Jean Hill, NPR's The Picture Show, 2009
Numerous contributions to photo-eye Blog