Manuello Paganelli was raised in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Italy & the USA and is fluent in three languages. He has traveled most of the world and has lead photo workshops in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Spain and Morocco.
His photography career began after college when he cold-called photographer Ansel Adams one day and the conversation turned into a life long friendship and mentorship.
In 1989, he began to explore Cuba, its land, its people, and its complex relationship with the USA. He had his first solo photo show of his work on Cuba in 1995. The Washington Post wrote about the exhibit, “Paganelli’s Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes. Working in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson & Robert Frank, he brings an artist’s eyes and a native son’s sensibility to his superb photographs.” Paganelli recently published a book of the series called Cuba: A Personal Journey, Photographs 1989-2016.
Paganelli has done many documentary projects including his Black Cowboy series which was featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography & the Manege Museum during the 2012 Photo Vernissage in in Russia. His award-winning work has graced the covers and pages of many well-known magazines, such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, Forbes, Life, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, People, Time, Reader’s Digest, Stern, Spiegel, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated.
Now he lives in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. When he is not traveling the world, he spends time with his family, their two dogs, Irish Wolf Hound and a Tibetan Terrier, riding his Vespas or practicing martial arts, which he learned as a child from Bruce Lee. Read more at www.manuellopaganelli.com.