Papers of Melanie Manchot

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 7MMA
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 7/XX53; 7/XXX53
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      0.25 A box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

The archive consists of printed flyers and a pamphlet, an interview transcript, press cuttings and other papers relating to the photographer Melanie Manchot and exhibitions of her work.

The file comprises:

* Curriculum Vitae of Melanie Manchot, c. 1998

* Essay by the exhibition curator Maeve O'Brien, of Nottingham Trent University Bonnington Gallery, on the exhibition 'Lifelines' that featured silver gelatin print photographs of Manchot's naked mother, Jun 1998

* Transcript of interview between Manchot and Penny Martin [then archivist at The Women's Library], c. 2000

* Four press cuttings relating to the exhibition 'Lifelines', from 'Time Out', 'Scene' and the 'Independent on Sunday', 1996-1998.

* Publicity flyers for exhibitions featuring Manchot's work: 'Behind the Screen', 'The Ugly Show', 'Light Sensitive', 'Lifelines', 1998.

* Catalogue for 'Lifelines' with reproductions of Manchot's photographs and an essay on her work by Sue Hubbard.

Administrative / Biographical History

Melanie Manchot (1966-fl. 2002) was born in Witten, Germany and was a student at New York University (1988 -1989) before going on to study at the Royal College of Art in London (1990-1992) where she received a Master of Fine Art in Photography. She undertook a series of exhibitions including: 'Look at you loving me' shown at the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London (1998) as well as at the Poster Project, Bucknell University, USA and Galerie Fiebig, Berlin (1999); 'Intimate Distance' at the Fotogallery, Cardiff, (2000); and 'Just one kiss?' at the Rhodes + Mann Gallery, London and the Fotogalerie in der Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany (2001) as well as at the Cornerhouse Manchester, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, USA and the Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2002). Her work was been published as a number of monographs: 'Love is a stranger' (Prestel Verlag: Munich, 2001), 'Look at you loving me' (Friedrich Reinhardt Verlag: Basel, 1998) and 'Vile Bodies' (Prestel Verlag: Munich, 1998). She regularly worked on pieces of public and commercial art. She was nominated for the 1996 Citibank Photography Prize and won the Fuji Award in 1992. She also lectured at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art & Design, Central St Martins School of Art and Middlesex University.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Donated by a former member of staff of The Women's Library.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds Description (1 folder only)

Related Material

Further material related to Melanie Manchot (including slides and exhibition catalogues) is held in the Women's Art Library / MAKE collection at Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, London.