Manuel has collaborated with photographers, writers and videographers across the country and internationally, to create strong documentary-style footage highlighting current affairs. His work ranges from daily event photography to in-depth storytelling, focusing on the important stories and people in his community and abroad.
Manuel has a degree in English and a degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Tampa and Brooks Institute of Photography. He has held positions at several newspapers and magazines as a photographer and videographer earning him several awards in both focuses.
He comes from an art-minded family, which he attributes to his interest in visual media. Manuel’s entire family is from Asuncion, Paraguay, and the majority of his relatives still live in South America. Manuel enjoys spending his free time with his Son and Daughter and beautiful wife who he likes going camping with, riding bikes and going to cubs games.
Stories by Manuel Martinez
His groundbreaking response to the 1991 police beating of Rodney King was the Soundsuit — a largescale abstract costume that allowed him to hide. Now, in a major show at the MCA, Cave takes a full swing at the country’s current trauma.
EXPO Chicago will kick off a cultural season in renewal. WBEZ documented the assembling of the exhibit at Navy Pier after two dormant years.
Hundreds of people gathered for a rally in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village Thursday afternoon to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
WBEZ photographer Manuel Martinez braved the cold to capture some snowy scenes around the city.
Marriage and Civil Union Court in downtown Chicago might be dimly lit, but love and romance light it up each day.
Meet the women behind Masa Madre, an artisanal bakery in Pilsen that braids Mexican ingredients into traditional Jewish pastries.
From zombies in Ravenswood to a Día de los Muertos altar in Pilsen, these front-yard displays have become a treat for the whole city to enjoy.
With celebrities and public officials in tow, celebrations kicked off Tuesday with a parade at Wintrust Arena and ended with a rally at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Tornadoes swept through Chicago’s western suburbs on Sunday, damaging homes, knocking down trees and injuring multiple people.
At The Admiral at the Lake, residents are emerging from life in lockdown. Fitness classes, choir practice and field trips are all back on as normal life returns.