Marcelo Pérez del Carpio was born in Bolivia in 1982, but he lived during his childhood and teenage years in Venezuela. In 2000, he went back to his birth country to study architecture. Since the very beginning of his career, he realized about his passion for photography and then photojournalism. But it was not until after finishing his degree that he decided to make a turnabout to become a documentary photographer. In 2011, he started collaborating with the International Committee of the Red Cross and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil for editorial projects. In 2012, he was awarded as “Highly Commended” by the Ian Parry Scholarship, followed by other recognitions from the AI-AP, PHotoEspaña and The Eddie Adams Workshop.

His architectural and urban background and his commitment with Human Rights has led him to focus on social, cultural, economics and environmental issues, especially in Latin American countries with left wing tendencies. Since 2013, he has been documenting realities of some disadvantaged and stigmatized classes in Bolivia and more recently, he returned back to Venezuela to cover closely the current economic and social collapse of his second home.

His photographs have been published at The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, Bloomberg, The Guardian, El País, Travel Telegraph, Stern, Society, OneWorld Magazine, among others.

He is currently working for international media while he continues developing personal long-term projects in his home country and abroad.

Marcelo is based in La Paz and available for local and overseas assignments.



Awards + Nominations
2018  RISC Training. Sao Paulo, Brazil
2015  Eddie Adams Workshop XXVIII. Jeffersonville NY, U.S.  
2015  NY Portfolio Review 2015. New York City, U.S.    
2014  PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos Trasatlántica´s Potfolio Review. Rosario, Argentina
2014  AI-AP Latin American Fotografía 3 Selected winner. New York City, U.S.
2014  Nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass 2014 – World Press Photo Foundation
2013  AI-AP Latin American Fotografía 2 Selected winner. New York City, U.S.
2013  International Kontinent Photography Award Official selection
2013  Nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass 2013 – World Press Photo Foundation
2012  Ian Parry Scholarship Highly Commended. London, UK
2012  Nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass 2012 – World Press Photo Foundation
2011  PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos Trasatlántica´s Potfolio Review. La Paz, Bolivia

Exhibitions
2018  Nuestro Fotoperiodismo (Group exhibit). Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2017  Beyond the Coca Leaf (Solo exhibit). Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2016  Beyond the Coca Leaf (Solo exhibit). La Paz, Bolivia
2015  Descubrimientos Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña (Group exhibit). Madrid, Spain
2015  Latinoamerica: Illusions and Realities (Group exhibit). St, Petersburg, Russia
2015  Photoville LAF 3 winners (Group exhibit). New York City, U.S.
2014  Ian Parry Scholarship Retrospective Visa Pour L´Image (Group exhibit). Perpignan, France            
2013  Latin American Fotografia 2 AI-AP winners (Group exhibit). New York City, U.S.
2012  Ian Parry Scholarship Private view (Group exhibit). London, U.K.

Marcelo Perez del Carpio

Photographer Marcelo Pérez del Carpio was born in Bolivia and raised in Venezuela. He now lives in La Paz.
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