His name is Manuel Varela de Seijas Brabo, but he is more known as Manu Brabo. He was born in 1981 in Zaragoza, Spain; nonetheless he is Asturian as he has been living there since he was a child. He studied Photography in the School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo, and after he studied Journalism in the Carlos III University of Madrid, while he was working as a photographer for several newspapers and agencies. After three years studying Journalism he decided to leave the degree and just focus on photojournalism. And all this with very good results; right now he is a freelance photograph in conflict areas (Haití, Argentina, Kosovo…) for NGO’s or agencies such as AP or EFE. This month of April he has been awarded with the Pulitzer Price, along with other co-workers from the Associated Press.
An anecdote to highlight is that in April 2011 he was arrested by the Libyan army when he was covering the Libyan revolution that took place that year. He was released a few months after in May. The April 5 he was travelling in a car with other journalists: the americans, Claire Morgane Gillis and James Foley, and the South African photographer Anton el Hammel. The vehicle was intercepted by an offensive loyal to Muamar Gadafi, near Brega (Libya). The four journalists were detained. They were accused of entering illegally in the country and they had to appear before a judge. When he was liberated, he went to Túnez.
In Spain it was created a platform for his release (Plataforma para la liberación de Manu Brabo, Manu Brabo libre ya…) by his friends, family… and they were carried out some acts.
He has received several awards:
Award Autor Joven, “Caminos de hierro” (2006)
This is the photography awarded, which does not have title.
Prize Nómadas Periscopio, Festival de Fotoperiodismo de Vitoria (2009)
He was given this award for his photo gallery that was exposed in the exposition “Nómadas”. These are photographs taken at the San José mine in Oruro, Bolivia. In 1986, the president of Bolivia carried out a policy that left in the streets arround 27.000 workers. The miners decided to collectivize the mine, unfolding there the mine camp of the cooperatives of ““Multiactiva Corazón de Jesús”, “Nuevo San José” y “10 de Febrero”, which exploit the reservoir. Now, the tin is still taken out in bags in their backs, the facilities are deficient, security is null, and, unfortunately, many workers take drugs and alcohol to keep going.
And, as we have said before, this year he won the Pulitzer Prize.
Syrian refugees crossing from Syria to Turkey.
This is one of the photographs awarded with the Pulitzer Prize. You can see the rest of them in their web: http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2013-Breaking-News-Photography
Other examples of photographs are these:
Photograph taken in Kosovo.
Photograph taken in Buenos Aires, in the “hidden city”.
You can find these photographs and more in the Manu Brabo’s web: http://manubrabo.com/.
You can also read his blog, where he writes about different issues: http://24milimetros.blogspot.com.es/