Mel Karch was born and raised in Germany and studied art and graphic design in Paris. Her first steps into photography were, with a black and white reportage on the Kings of the Ivory Coast in Africa, where she developed her passion for photography. Mel moved to Paris to assist internationally reknown photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Mark Seliger before beginning her own career in fashion photography. After winning the Fuji Prize for Young Photographers in Paris, followed by a prize of the Canon Award in Germany, she gained exposure with the success of two exhibitions of her private work. Mels spirit of adventure and travel has taken her to spectacular locations around the world on assignment for publications such as The New York Times, Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Nippon, Vogue US, D la Repubblica, Common and Sense, Stern, Lufthansa, Panasonic, Nike, S. Oliver and Kenzo.