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“The stage is my studio.”©

Photo by @onlyodd

Mel D. Cole

I’m self taught. I mostly take photos but I have made a music video or two in my day.

I specialize in hip hop, music, sports, streetwear, lifestyle, travel, fashion and documentary photography. So I pretty much shoot everything.

I’m a high school dropout but somehow I obtained a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2001 from Stony Brook University.

I love soccer and MY Buffalo Bills!

My hometown is Syracuse, NY but I call Jersey City/ NYC my home these days.

Married to the most wonderful wife Averie Cole. We have a son that we call Auggie, two cats and a dog named Bruce.

Back when photo blogs were popping my website Villageslum.com was the ish! Ask around :)

Somehow I became “house photographer” for the legendary Roots Crew way back when. I also work with Trey Songz a lot these days. If Kid Cudi’s had a first photographer, I was it. I love that guy!

I’m I supposed to mention I have been published and I have a few album covers to my credit?

For some reason brands want to not only work with me but profile me.

  • 2012-First shoppable Youtube Levis ad. (The other videos in the series starred former 2 time NBA MVP and World Champion Steph Curry and Little Dragon)

  • 2013-Vans

  • 2013-Hennessy

  • +more

In 2012 I participated in a 10 month brand ambassador sponsorship program with Heineken. It was AMAZING!

I do collabs too!

  • 2010- Etnies x Villageslum Sneaker/ T shirt collaboration

  • 2010-Leroy Jenkins x Villageslum Hat collaboration

  • 2012-Karmoloop.com x Mel D. Cole- T shirt collaboration

  • 2013-Flud Watches x Villageslum x Lisa Ann- Watch & calendar collaboration

  • 2018-Umbro x Mel D. Cole Metropolis Soccer League collection -jersey & hat collaboration

My love for MY Bills led me to star in a freaking commercial for Crown Royal in September of 2017 as the role of a die hard Buffalo Bills fan along side millionaire entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.

Exhibitions:

Solo:

December 9th, 2011. “Heineken x Android Homme” Martha Otero Gallery. Los Angeles, Ca

December 16th, 2015. “Big. Black and Bold” Goodspace. Sydney, Australia

November 15th, 2018. “The American Music Photo Exhibit” Culprit Club. Brisbane, Australia

Group:

December 17th, 2011. “The Rickford Institues All Star Classic exhibit” Milk Gallery. NYC

September 10th 2015. “DOWN & DIRTY” Photoville. Brooklyn, NY

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