Melanie McWhorter

Photography Consultant & Bookseller

Melanie McWhorter Photo Consulting/Grenade in a Jar


Melanie McWhorter has been consulting with photographers for almost two decades. After moving to New Mexico in 1997, she managed the internationally recognized photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space until 2015. She started Grenade in a Jar Bookshop in 2018 ( and promotes many self-published and small press books.

She has interviewed in PDN and NPR’s The Picture Show; judged Fotografia: Fotofestival di Roma’s Book Prize and Daylight Annual Awards; reviewed portfolios at Fotografia, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, and PhotoNOLA; and taught and lectured about photography at numerous venues including Mt. Rokko Photo Festival, Japan; and PhotoNOLA. She also enjoys writing about photographers and photobooks in publications like Fraction and Lenscratch and curated exhibitions at Lishui Photo Festival, China; and in many online exhibitions.

Photo by Gabriella Marks