Melanie McWhorter – Grenade In A Jar is a Santa-Fe based consultant and bookseller. She managed the internationally recognized photo-eye Bookstore until 2016. Melanie then started her own online bookshop and consulting practice where, among other advice, she speaks with artists about bringing their photobook projects to fruition. She has gained a reputation as a knowledgeable photography professional and has been interviewed and written about photography in numerous print and online publications including Lenscratch, PDN, and NPR’s The Picture Show.
Melanie has judged photography competitions including Review Santa Fe 100, Women Photojournalists of Washington’s Annual Exhibition; Daylight Annual Awards, and Fotografia: Fotofestival di Roma’s Book Prize. She has offered advice and reviewed portfolios at Fotografia, Italy; Lishui Photography Festival, China; Photolucida; PhotoNOLA; and Review Santa Fe. Melanie taught workshops and lectured at numerous venues including Mt. Rokko Photo Festival, Japan; PhotoNOLA; and University of North Texas.