Manuel (born in Desenzano del Garda, Italy in 1972) began his lifelong love affair with photography in the ’80s, as a self-taught analog photographer – ultimately however, he made the switch to digital photography. He's now concentrated most on fine-art and fashion photography. Having started out as a landscape photographer who captured his images using long exposure, Manuel has since evolved into a fine art photographer and he is known for his elaborate preparation for his conceptual, staged shoots – yields thought-provoking photographs that embody a radically different aesthetic than his earliest work did. His extensive knowledge of the history of photography, along with his technical expertise – equipped Manuel with the skills necessary to allow him to begin teaching both subjects in 2009. He also leads photographic workshops at high schools in his area. Under the auspices of several different art galleries in Brescia, Rome and Merano, Italy – Manuel has enjoyed the privilege of exhibiting both his personal, and his fine art photography collections. In 2011, he’s one of the resident artists at the Photographic Art Gallery “Galleria Gallerati”, in Rome and he signed on as a supervisor and promoter of “ISO600 – Instant Photography Festival”, the first Polaroid Photo Festival to ever be held in Italy. He has also been a jury member of many highly respected national photography contests. In 2012 Saatchi Gallery selects one of his photo to represent Italian Contemporary Art. In 2013 Manuel begins to exhibit in the United States and in 2014 he’s one of the resident artists at the Photographic Art Gallery “OnePound Gallery” in Virginia. Manuel’s work has been published in magazines and newspapers of national importance, book cover and Musical CD covers and booklets. He loves red, black, dark and light. And chocolate as well.