Melissa Stallard | Akron OH, USA

Short bio:
Melissa Stallard is an Assistant Professor of photography at the University of Akron, Myers School of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois and Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and as part of the Compé 13: International Photography Exhibition at Project Basho in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been part of The Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project since 2006.

Why do you photograph on film?
I prefer using a rangefinder camera to see the world accurately and because it allows me to photograph quickly. The advantage of the medium format negative is quality: more detail and clarity.

What is your work about?
My interest lies in the American cultural landscape – as it is reflective of the economic, social, and political attitudes of its occupants.