By John Smith • 07 January 2020 • 15:52
Just one of the fascinating images
Credit: Manuel Viola Figueras
HAVING picked up his first camera at the age of 12, professional photographer Manuel Viola Figueras has won numerous prizes during his long career which has taken him around the world.
He has just been awarded the 2019 National Photography Prize of the CEF (Spanish Confederation of Photography) for his stunning shots of orthodox Christians in northern Ethiopia and his work will be on display at the Casa Cultura in Mijas Pueblo from Friday January 10 until Monday February 3.
The exhibition entitled Ethiopia Immobile Orthodoxy features photographs he took in Ethiopia between 2013 and 2018 and records the activities of some of the most orthodox religious groups in the whole of Africa.
The images explore the juxtaposition of poverty, dedication to religion and a general fatalism with life in this uniquely Ethiopian setting which has been the subject of a number of TV programmes and reviews by academics.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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