Originally from Mexico, Manuel made the jump to digital contemporary photography in 2009. He studied at La Fototeca in Guatemala City and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington DC where he currently resides. 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 World Bank-IMF’s 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. The Washington, D.C. government awarded Manuel with a 2016-17 Art & Humanities Fellowship. He has done several solo and group exhibits in Guatemala City, Washington DC, and at the New York Foundation for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; he has curated photography exhibitions as well, including IPS 50th Anniversary and its publication of Dialogue through Time. Collectors from many different countries have bought Manuel’s images. DC government bought “Transition” which is part of their Art Bank Collection and was also selected by National Geographic as one of the best images of “the Gift of Life Story and Pictures—Your Shot.” Manuel’s image My Memories was among the top-rated by Lens Culture for entries to their Portrait Awards 2016.