Raised in Lincoln, MA, Melanie Aronson received a BA in Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University and an MFA in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts. Melanie works as a photographer and cinematographer in New York City. She has published and exhibited her photographs in both New York and Europe. She directed her first short film, Refuge, which premiered in the U.S. at the 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival in 2014 and in Europe at the London Short Film Festival in 2015. Her cinematography has screened at festivals such as Frameline and Ann Arbor Film Festival and has been featured on Current TV and Interview Magazine.


2015 Lois Roth Award

2014-2015 Fulbright Research Grant (Sweden)

2014 School of Visual Arts Alumni Scholarship Award

2011 Amy Adina Schulman Grant recipient

2006 Annual Photographer’s Forum & Nikon College Photo Contest, Finalist

2005 Annual Photographer’s Forum & Nikon College Photo Contest, Honorable Mention



New York Times Lens Blog; The Huffington Post; National Geographic Traveller (UK); Barcelona-Metropolitan;

The Fashion Manuscript; CNet News; The Columbia Daily Spectator; Dispatches International;

The Best of College Photography Annual, Nikon and Serbin Communication, 2005 & 2006



“Catalonia: Faces, Spaces, Places.” Castells de la Muntanya. Barcelona, Spain, 2011.

“La Art Au Refuge.” Haven Lounge. New York, New York, 2009.

“Viva Italia.” Ovest Pizzoteca. New York, New York, 2009.



“Representations, Interrupted.” Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, Sweden 2018

“Social Senses.” SVA Gallery, Gramercy. New York, NY, 2014

“Degrees of Separation.” SVA Gallery, Gramercy. New York, NY, 2013

“Las Calles de Barcelona.” Untitled BCN. Barcelona, Spain, 2011



“(Dissident) Dance Actions” by Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden, 2017