In your bag No: 1301 – Mélanie Elbaz


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In your bag No: 1301, Mélanie Elbaz
I received this bag before the terrible events in Paris last week. I do hope that Mélanie is safe and sound. This bag truly shows a total passion for photography, and enviable access to some of the worlds greats musical artists. Check it out.

My name is Mélanie Elbaz , I am french photographer based in Paris & Ibiza in the summer.

I felt in love with my uncle ‘s camera when i was 14 and started shooting friends and family in early 80’s as i was a teenager.
Then I ‘ve done many Workshop in the famous « Ecole Nationale de la Photographie » based in Arles (small town in south of France) and I really enjoyed assisting awesome photographers Eichiro Sakata (japan) Nitin & Max Vadukul (uk) Sarah Moon (FR) Ferdinando Scianna (IT)..
I moved to Paris and started Icart Photo school , then I started working for french and UK magazines as a music photographer , ID magazine gave me the opportunity to shoot famous dj’s .
I’ve shot more than 500 music artists , from Moby to Colplay,Grimes,Black Keys,Jane Birkin & all the « french touch » dj’s.
I am still shooting cover album and do fashion shoot for magazines and commercial.
I still have a passion for films and still doing Polaroid that I keep in a secret box.

I am so happy to use my OLYMPUS A11 it’s a small and discreet camera , i have always with me in my bag .This was a great find i bought in London .

When i bought my Olympus OM2 i could feel the same feeling then when i was a teenager

Its very easy to work with it and ith my Lens 50mn/1.8 i made some beautiful portrait .

The design and feel of the camera is fiting right with my personality.

I bought it only 90 euros at flea market in London Shoreditch.

The LEICA M6 is a present from my father & husband for my 25th birthday .

I love this camera and for my fashion reportage i can get some very beautiful images ,

I LOVE this silencious caméra .

I have to buy a new lens for my M6 !

The polaroid SX70 is still working and sometines its makes strange pictures with scratch or blooming images.

Sometimes my very old polaroid just became colorless & muddy but i still keep it .

Also in my bag you could find

my passeport

my indigo scarf i use dit to wrap my M6

a orange notebook and pencil

keys from my office

an apple to eat

color & bw film Kodak (i love portra 400 and tri X 400)

some contact sheets

my sunglasses

my lipstick

my bandana bag is a gift from my son and i love it

I am working on a book and will love to do an exhibition in Tokyo J

Feel free to visit my website
instagram : melanieelbaz

Thanks i hope you enjoyed my bag and was wondering if am i the first woman photographer you published in your bag !!
Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Mélanie. You are not the first at all, there have been many before you. I hope you are safe and sound. My best wishes to all in Paris.
Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.


3 comments on “In your bag No: 1301 – Mélanie Elbaz”

    Melody E. November 24, 2015 at 1:08 am / Reply

    Mélanie’s instagram was updated this weekend, so I don’t think you need worry, thankfully!

    Daniel F November 24, 2015 at 1:11 am / Reply

    A lot to like in this bag. I don’t know if you’re the first girl to be featured but I think your lipstick might be a first! Am I the only one who read this in a French accent? Nice Instagram!

    Tina Kino November 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm / Reply

    Nice bag shot, and great picture on your website, thanks for sharing!
    The little Olympus is a “XA2” (“A11” is the name of the flash)
    : ]

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