Carlos Reyes-Manzo

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Carlos Reyes-Manzo (born 1944 San Antonio, Chile) is a documentary photographer and poet. He studied photography at the Instituto Filmico of the Universidad Catolica de Chile and in 1964 began working as a photojournalist for Revista Vea in ZigZag Publishing. From 1971-73 he worked in the 16mm department of Chile Films.

Reyes-Manzo was detained and imprisoned for two years following the military coup in 1973 in which General Augusto Pinochet came to power. In 1975 Reyes-Manzo was exiled to Panama where he worked as a photojournalist for Revista Senda, ACAN-EFE and Associated Press. In 1979 he documented the Nicaraguan revolution and the negotiations for the handover of the Panama Canal from the United States. In 1979 Reyes-Manzo was kidnapped in Panama by the Chilean secret police and sent back to Chile via London. He escaped from the plane in London Heathrow Airport and has since lived in London.

In 1982 Reyes-Manzo established the Andes Press Agency, a photo agency and publishing house. He has travelled in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia documenting people who are marginalised from society and who suffer human rights abuses.

In 1984 CAFOD invited him to accompany Cardinal Basil Hume to document the Ethiopia famine and his work was published in the book, I Was Hungry.... On the 20th anniversary of the famine he returned to Ethiopia with Save the Children and in October 2004 the exhibition "Beyond Band Aid: Ethiopia Then and Now 1984/2004" was held at The Bargehouse in London.

He Planted His Cross Where the Moon Rises, an exhibition on the people of Latin America to mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival to the continent, was held at Barbican Centre in October 1992. A Portrait of the Family, an exhibition on the concept of family across different cultures sponsored by CAFOD was held at the Barbican Centre in June 1994. The exhibition Dancing Dragons in the Night on bonded labourers in India and Nepal was held at the Barbican in January 1996. Journeys and Dreams on the global social, economic and political divide was held at a number of venues in the UK and Europe.

In October 2002 he travelled to Iraq as part of a Caritas International delegation to document the effects of ten years of sanctions on the people of Iraq. In February 2003, just before the war in Iraq, an exhibition on the people of Iraq was held at Foyles Gallery in London. In 2004 he documented the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and in 2005 the murders of women in Guatemala. In February 2006 an exhibition titled "Impunity" was held at The Oxo Gallery in London as part of Amnesty International's Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

Tender Shoots of Mullaitivu, an exhibition on the devastation by the Tsunami in December 2004 to the fishing community of Mullaitivu in northern Sri Lanka was held at Foyles Gallery in April 2005. In 2005 Reyes-Manzo travelled to India to document the village and people of Alinagar where the honour killing of Vishal and Sonu took place. The exhibition Blue Gold at the End of the Rainbow on global water issues, sponsored by WaterAid, was held at Foyles Gallery in November 2006. Children of the Clouds, an exhibition on the Saharawi people living in exile in refugee camps in southwest Algeria since 1975, was held at Foyles Gallery and Amnesty International UK in 2007.

In September 2008, the exhibition Resilience and Dreams: Women as Global Citizens was held at the University of Prince Edward Island as part of the launch of the new course, Global Issues 151: Critical Thinking and Writing. A social documentary photographic study of six rural communities in Prince Edward Island was published in 2008 in Voice of the Community, a collaborative project with a research team from the University of Prince Edward Island led by Dr Vianne Timmons. In March 2009, Reyes-Manzo was invited to deliver the inaugural Forward Together lecture at the University of Regina where he presented a paper on Representation and Human Rights. The Faculty of International Education at Vancouver Island University invited Reyes-Manzo to hold the exhibition Rights and Wrongs: The Resilience of the World's Indigenous People during International Development Week in February 2012.

In February 2006 his poetry book Oranges in Times of Moon was published. In October 2006 he participated in Sidaja International Festival of Poetry in Trieste. In 2011, Amnesty International UK appointed Reyes-Manzo inaugural Poet in Residence for their 50th anniversary year.

In 2014 he was appointed the first Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence at the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London. Since February 2015 he is Associate Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London.


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