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.