Manuel Rivera-Ortiz is an American documentary photographer of Puerto Rican descent. He is best known for his documentary photographs of people's living conditions in less developed countries including India, Kenya, Bolivia, Cuba, Thailand or Turkey. In 2004, he received En Foco's New Works Photography Award, and in 2007 the Artist of the Year Award of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. Images from Rivera-Ortiz’s work are now in the permanent collections of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. His images can also be found at Columbia University’s Joseph Pulizer Graduate School of Journalism in the City of New York, Lehigh University Art Galleries collections in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland, and other private and corporate collections. Rivera-Ortiz’s work is also in several books including the literary collection titled “Voices in the First Person: reflections on Latino Identity” (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2008). His work can also be found in the Colombian photography publication “Percepciones en Blanco & Negro (Adeer Lynad, Colombia).