Manuel Marano is an Italian documentary photographer and filmmaker. He uses photography to explore the human condition across a variety of social and cultural contexts. He starts his career in the commercial field in 2001. In late 2010 he decides to follow his passion for documentary photography. He switches to documentary photography and becomes committed to visual story telling including filmmaking. He often works on personal long term projects. He is the co-producer and co-director of "A Life In Chains", a video documentary on human traffic and prostitution in Bangladesh which is based on his personal investigative report.
He is currently based in Hamburg, Germany.
2015 - IPA Honorable Mention for A Delicate Sense of Hope
Since 1975 Saharawis have been settled in refugee camps located in the Hammada Desert (Algeria), one of the hardest places on earth. As soon as the Moroccan occupation of the Western Sahara started and the vicious and bloody war diffused, more than 100,000 Saharawis made their way across the desert, under aerial bombardment, to Algeria, where they settled in five camps under the control of the Polisario Front (the Sahawaris’ national liberation movement), which had been created two years earlier to overthrow the Spanish colonial rule. Algeria effectively ceded control of the region to Polisario, allowing it to be run as a semi- autonomous province near the military town of Tindouf. 40 years passed, Saharawis still live in refugee camps with no real perspectives to return to their homeland, due to the passivity of the international community.
"Tokai" means "to collect" and usually indicates street children that live on collecting recyclable materials from Garbage. In Dhaka, the capital city of bangladesh tens of thousand children live on collecting recyclable materials such as plastic bottles, cans, lead batteries, fragments of iron and paper to turn them into valuable materials.
Bangladesh is urbanising fast. People are moving to places where there are or perceived to have jobs and opportunities. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, due to local and foreign investments, is pulling rural migrants faster and larger than any other city in the country. The economic factor plays a crucial role in the migration process but even the often natural disasters such as flood, drought, cyclones, riverbank erosion that destroy the agricultural outcomes every year, push people to the megacity. Now-a-days slumdwellers are one kind of environmental migrants.