Originally from Mexico, Manuel 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 the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Art & Humanities Fellowships. He has done several solo and group exhibits in Guatemala City, Washington DC, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and New York Onishi Gallery. He has curated photography exhibitions as well, including IPS 50th Anniversary and its publication of Dialogue through Time.