Born and raised in the city of New Orleans, Patrick Melon is a photographer and documentarian whose work focuses on capturing the vibrant street scenes and cultural expressions of his hometown. From the brass bands and secondlines that pour over the city's streets on any given Sunday to major recording artists such as Lil Wayne, PJ Morton, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more, Melon's work is a diverse catalogue of portraiture of many recognizable faces to people simply living out their truths on a daily basis.
In addition to the work focused on his city, Melon's resumé includes many corporate clients such as Bombay Sapphire Gin, Jordan Brand, Bose Audio, Essence Magazine and several others. Even with his large repertoire of big name clients, he remains committed to documenting the changing face of New Orleans and has most recently been profiled on Vice for his supercharged action shots of New Orleans street scenes and his perspectives on the transformative force of gentrification within his community.
Beyond this, Melon’s work is featured in the private collections of PJ Morton and Cyrill Grayson. Melon’s appeal has gone far beyond New Orleans, with a social media following of over 100,000 people and works sold throughout the world.
Melon aims to blend artfulness with historicity in his photographs and hopes to someday provide a crucial catalog of imagery that speaks to the zeitgeist of this cultural epoch.