Mel Melcon

Photographer

Mel Melcon started out with the Los Angeles Times in 1984 as a summer intern and has been here ever since. He worked on a freelance basis from 1985 to 1997, then was hired full time. Melcon likes to capture the offbeat and funny side of life in his images. A selection of his work can be found on The Times' Framework blog. 

Recent Articles

  • Audio slide show: L.A. scale is worth its weight in dimes

    Audio slide show: L.A. scale is worth its weight in dimes

    The vintage scale stands outside the Ross Cutlery shop in downtown L.A. like a relic from another era, a time when public weighing scales were as common as ATMs are now. It does serious business. Each week, up to 1,200 people weigh themselves here. They've been hopping on and off the machine for...

  • Audio slide show: It pays to practice

    Audio slide show: It pays to practice

    When sisters Aleah Nahue, 10, and Joane, 14, took to practicing their accordions on the sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles, little did they know it would pay off. It started in 2007 after they drowned each other out while practicing inside their mom's small office on Main Street. Joane went outside...

  • Audio slide show: Pullman porter and family patriarch

    Audio slide show: Pullman porter and family patriarch

    At 100, Lee Wesley Gibson is nearly the oldest surviving former Pullman porter. He is one of thousands of African Americans whose lives were transformed by working for Union Pacific Railroad. Gibson was married to his wife, Beatrice, for 76 years until she died in 2004.

  • Audio slide show: Shaolin Buddhist Temple in Sherman Oaks

    Audio slide show: Shaolin Buddhist Temple in Sherman Oaks

    Italian-born Franco Testini, whose formal temple name is Shifu Shi Yan Fan, is the first Westerner to be accepted into the elite of the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple in China.

  • Audio slide show: Hit the ground walking

    Audio slide show: Hit the ground walking

    Dr. Marc Abrams, 58, has been taking long walks through his Silver Lake neighborhood since moving there in 1980. He says he walks 5 miles an hour and logs up to 200 miles a week. The retired family practitioner, who takes five newspapers, likes to read on his walks. Along the way he's earned a...

  • Audio slide show: His act is a little worn

    Audio slide show: His act is a little worn

    Bodybuilder Amir Edwards, 36, doesn't leave much to the imagination while muscling his way through the crowds on the boardwalk at Venice Beach, posing with tourists in return for donations. Edwards, who performs with a 10-pound steel ball, maintains his physique by starting out each day with a...

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