Manu Brabo. Photojournalist. Spain.
After studying Photography in The School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo, Manu Brabo moved to Madrid where he started Journalism in Carlos III University while he was working as a photographer for several small newspapers and agencies. After three years of study he decided to leave the journalism degree and focus on photojournalism. He used his vacation time to work on human interest stories, volunteering his time and efforts to take images in Kosovo, Bolivia, Argentina, Haiti, Honduras, Palestine, Tunis, and Libya. He works in conflict areas as a freelancer for NGO’s, agencies like AP (Associated Press) and his work has been published in many newspapers all around the world. Last year he was captured by Gaddafi forces when entering Libya but was thankfully/luckily released after almost two months. Manu Brabo is the real deal. He has no fear. He risks his life to show us, the world, the horrors of the reality that humans endure all over the world. His images are not only truthful and educational but beautiful in their own right. I tend to look at Manu’s photography with 2 different lenses-one as a mere consumer of the visual image, and 2nd as an observer of his extreme bravery-realizing that he was actually present, behind the camera, in the environment and circumstance being documented. Legit.