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Melanie Cleary

Born on the 26 September 1970, Caledon Western Cape. Currently living in Cape Town.


She is a freelance photographer for the last 9 years.

Having worked in the South African commercials, and features film industry as a technician, behind the scenes photography, nurtured her ability to capture and create beautiful images and to tell stories.


"Photography is a constant reminder of the beauty that can be found in simple things and the awe-inspiring complexity seen in human nature."


• I had my first solo exhibition "The Hero within", in September 2009 at The Photographers Gallery ZA.
• Exhibition "Resolution- the power of innuendo" The AVA Gallery Cape Town, Dec/Jan 2009.
• Selected as one of a 100 artist for SPIER Contemporary 2010
• Summer Group Exhibition 2011 The Photographers Gallery ZA
• Present History II Exhibition 2011 The Photographers Gallery ZA


I have been fortunate enough to shoot for ad agencies all over the world and here are some of the campaigns I have worked on.

  • SONY Cyber-shot/ Germany/ World Cup 2010/Plantage
  • SONY/ Dubai
  • DELL/ USA/Wunderman
  • HISTORY CHANNEL/USA/ Expedition Africa
  • MOTOROLA/ Africa
  • FA/ Germany/DDB
  • PERSIL/ Germany/DDB Tribal
  • COFIDIS/ France
  • SCHWINN/USA/Cossette New York
  • NUTELLA/Germany
  • BESA/ Angola/Y&R Lisbon
  • DSM/Germany
  • NESLE/France
  • HOYEC-C/Germany/Heye
  • T-COM/Europe
  • EL PASO/UK/Saatchi
  • POSTEN/Norway/Kitchen
  • PERWOLL/Germany/TBWA