Conflict and Intutition


An interview with Valery Melnikov

Valery Melnikov won our ‘Urban Life’ theme with a dynamic image taken in Caracas, Venezuela – one that our judge, Steve MacLeod of Metro Imaging, thought reminiscent of the great Tony Ray Jones in its energy and creative framing. Valery has spent years working with news organisations inside Russia and has won recognition with organisations such as Magnum photo agency and World Press Photo for his work documenting conflict and upheaval around the world, and this particular image, as he explains below, marks a moment of playfulness and normality against the backdrop of such upheaval.

We invited the editors at Clique, the Sydney Morning Herald’s photography club, to ask some questions of Valery, and the resulting interview shared below first featured on their photographic blog. We invite you to check it out –