Instagram Takeover – Melissa Schriek

“When I was a child, I wanted to be a detective so I could satisfy the enormous curiosity I carried for the world and people around me,” writes Melissa Schriek, “instead of becoming a detective, I began making use of the camera to investigate.” Schreik’s playful, staged work focusses typically on just a few people, watching as they act as living sculptures: learning how they fold and compress their bodies, where they place their hands, and imagining what it feels like to press against the pavement.

Schriek studied documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Netherlands, graduating in 2018. She now lives and works in The Hague. Recent projects include The City is a choreography which explores the space of the city with eyes and bodies of the individuals who live there and ODE, an exploration of the dynamics of female friendship.

Schriek is taking over @paperjournalmag from today until the 10th of February. You can follow her @melissaschriek and see more of her work at