Manu Valcarce is a Spanish documentary photographer based in London. His interests are in everyday people and their stories, being drawn to social issues and human rights. He works by immersing himself in the lives of the people he documents, living and working with them in an attempt to gain a better understanding and resulting in a more honest representation of their situations. He has worked on projects ranging from the lives of Muslim transsexuals living in Jakarta, Indonesia to those affected by austerity in rural Spain. He has spent time living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and in the dormitories of migrant Indian workers who work in the Singapore’s blooming construction industry with no rights and little pay. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions (The “Transit” Workers of Singapore, 2014) and as part of festivals like PICS 2014 in Barcelona. He has been shortlisted by Travel Photographer of the Year, AOP Open Awards, Portrait Salon U.K and National Geographic Travel Photo Contest.
In 2015 Manu was awarded Distinction in his MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in London College of Communication.
When Rio won its bid to host the 2016 Olympics, the government tried to crack down on crime in the most notorious favelas — is it just for appearances or a sincere effort for long-lasting change?