" Photography for me is vision...Call it vision, imagination, or seeing; it all comes down to the same thing: the ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye. The eyes of a child sees things differently than an adult. I think that If you could give a child a camera, they could tell a reality in a way that even an adult, could not. For that reason I want to teach. I want to see a new world with their eyes and give them my experiences. I want to give them the possibility to share their life with the rest of the world. I want teach them how tell a story with photography."
Born and raised in Italy, Manuela Rana is now an active professional photographer in the city of New York. Photography has always been her passion and 4 years ago she decided to turn this passion into her own business.
In Italy she has worked for sport events, weddings, concerts, and many other types of shoots. Her work has often been featured in local newspapers such as Gazzetta del Mezzoggiorno and Corriere della Sera. She set up several exhibitions, the most popular one was the “Lega del Filo d’Oro” in Molfetta. This exibition was filmed by Italian TV channel, Rai.
She photographed a famous philosopher Gianni Vattimo and her work was published in the philosopher book Hermeneutic Communis by the Columbia University Press). She has also photographed several artists. Sting, Patti Smith, Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari, Pino Daniele, Patti Pravo, Noa, Fabrizio Bosso, Stewart Copeland to name a few.
When she moved to New York she was captured by the charm of fashion photography. Here she had the chance to meet the established photographer Antoine Verglas (Vogue, Elle, GQ, Forbes Magazine, Victoria’s Secret). This meeting was a breakthrough in Manuela’s career allowing her to become one of Antoine’s assistants.
Manuela currently works in the fashion photography industry but her first "love" remains street photography. She is the Creative Director for Feminine Weapon (feminineweapon.com)
NIÑOS Y NIÑAS DE CRISTO in La Romana, Dominican Republic
FINAMOR – Photography Workshop – Donated a SLR Camera
Orphaned Starfish Foundation - June 2014, Nov 2015 & 2016