Mel D. Cole, is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of turkey burgers and an avid Buffalo Bills fan that hails from Syracuse, NY. The self-taught lensman has made his home in and around the boroughs of NYC by consistently capturing all the city has to offer from the glamorous to the gritty.
Picking up the lens over ten years ago, he has found himself at the forefront of the NYC photography scene thus making resounding noise internationally via his website Villageslum.com.
He has become known as the “house photographer” for the legendary Roots Crew and has been pinpointed by Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson as his favorite contemporary photographer.
Recently he has added personal photographer to Trey Songz to his resume.
Cole’s vision has caught on with a variety of media outlets and personalities (print/online) having shot for Heineken, Hennessy, Budweiser, Mountain Dew, Nike, Puma, Converse, Wieden+Kennedy, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, Team Epiphany, Billboard.com, Okayplayer.com, Atlantic Records, Def Jam Records, Epic Records, Vibe Magazine, ID magazine, Burton Snowboards, mogul Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Trey Songz, Etnies Skateboard, DC Skate, RapRadar.com, Magma (Japan), 10Deep, and countless other lifestyle brands, musicians and music outlets.
In 2012 he completed a 10 month brand ambassador sponsorship program with Heineken. During this time Cole, had his 1st exhibition in L.A where Heineken was the sponsor.
Cole has also become known for his collaborations with Etnies, Flud Watches and Leroy Jenkins Ltd.
He was also featured in Levi's 1st shoppable Youtube video.
Cole obtained his BA in Multidisciplinary Studies (Cinema and Cultural Studies & African American studies) in 2001 and he currently calls Jersey City, NJ home.