Originally from Mexico, Manuel made the jump to digital photography in 2009. He studied at La Fototeca in Guatemala City and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington DC.
His main body of work focuses on exploring the urban landscape, the integration of the face and body into fine art, and fashion photography.
Manuel joined the IMF-World Bank International Photographic Society (IPS) in 2013 and was rookie of the year in the 2013-14 season and Photographer of the Year in 2015-16.
He has done several solo and group exhibits in Guatemala City, Washington DC, the New York Foundation for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, New York’s Onishi Gallery and forthcoming exhibitions in London and Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. Manuel has curated photography exhibitions as well, including IPS 50th Anniversary.
He was awarded Washington DC Government in 2016 and 2017 Art & Humanities Fellowship. Several of his images were recognized by National Geographic and LensCulture.