Portland, OR and Sewickley, PA
Melissa is a freelance documentary photojournalist whose has worked fin the American West for stories on National Parks, public lands and wild horses for National Geographic magazine. Primarily known for her personal approach when photographing people, Melissa has documented diverse cultures and landscapes while in South America, Quebec, Alaska, the Alps, and the Okefenokee Swamp in over 20 National Geographic projects.
Awarded a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Farlow received a National Headliner Award as well as portfolio honors while at the Pittsburgh Press. Named Distinguished Alumni by the IU School of Journalism, she was inducted into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013.
Farlow 's book "Wild At Heart" a book about the plight of the American mustang. Her National Geographic books include Wild Lands of the West and Long Road South featuring South America’s Pan American highway. She documented women's roles in three African nations for the book Women in the Material World. Her images are printed in over 70 books including Day in the Life series and Geographic’s "The Photographs," "Best 100 Wildlife Photographs" and in "Women Photographers at National Geographic. "
In addition to projects for the Heinz Endowments, the Ford Foundation and National Fish and Wildlife Federation, her work is published in Smithsonian, GEO, LIFE, National Geographic Traveler and Sierra magazines.
Wild At Heart
Wild at Heart is a spirited and compassionate story of America's wild horses photographed by Melissa Farlow and written by Terri Farley acclaimed author of the Phantom Stallion book series. The book tells how mustangs roamed free for centuries are rounded up and removed from western lands and why this matters. Wild Horse Annie started a movement when she spoke up for the humane treatment of mustangs. Many young teens follow in her steps and are working to save wild horses.
Melissa met Terri when on assignment for National Geographic magazine in Nevada at a Wild Horse Expo. Their dream to collaborate on a book about wild horses is realized by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wild at Heart is awarded the prestigious Sterling North Legacy Award. The National Science Teachers Association awarded it, The Junior Library Guild selected it and Amazon has noted it as as selection for Young Adult non-fiction.