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, including at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, New York City (Foundation for the Arts and Onishi Gallery), London’s Parallax Art Fairs, and Italy’s Chianciano 2018 Art Biennale where he won the Leonardo First Prize for Photography and Digital Art. Manuel has curated photography exhibitions as well, including IPS 50thAnniversary. He was awarded Washington DC Government 2016-2017 and 2017-18 Art & Humanities Fellowship. National Geographic and LensCulture recognized several of his images.