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... is an award winning, freelance photojournalist and independent video producer based in Washington, D.C., who has covered several wars, the White House, Congress and a variety of other stories in his long career. His camera has been witness to history – from the fall of the Berlin Wall, war in the Balkans, to genocide in Rwanda. His camera, a Nikon F3 w/MD-4 and 85mm f1.4 has even saved his life -- stopping a piece of shrapnel at the air show disaster at Ramstein, Germany.


Mannie has traveled the world on assignments for Mercury Pictures, Grabhorn Studio, Bloomberg,  Reuters, Getty Images, SIPA Press (France), the New York Times, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine Corps Times, USA Today, BET, GreenPeace, Golfweek and Mint Press News.

Mannie is a Vietnam Era Veteran having served in both the U.S. Air Force and earned his Honorable Discharge. He was based in Europe for 16 years and speaks impressive German, and has come a long way especially for a guy that grew up on a dirt road in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Mannie is always eager and generous to share his experience, knowledge and resources – once while on assignment in the jungle of the Philippines with US Special Forces on a ‘night-ops’ mission, his intuition kicked in and he pulled the plug on the story. Shortly afterwards the helicopter he and his colleague were on blew up killing all aboard. For a short period of time, Mannie and all aboard were listed as dead. Mannie was credited with saving the lives of his colleague, military PAO and himself with that decision. 

Mannie’s work has been recognized by his peers with a Gold Medal from the World Press in Spot News, POY/NPPA Award of Excellence, the Ernst Hass Award and the 2006 IPC White House NPA Leadership Award presented to him at the United Nations and he is the 2013 NPPA recipient of the Morris Berman Citation, which is given for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism.  He has been a judge and a mentor for the DC Shoot Off and recently a mentor for the Worldwide Military Photojournalists Workshop taught at DINFOS on Ft. Meade.  Mannie enjoys producing music CD’s, video shorts, fly fishing and is an avid golfer.

Mannie can be reached by phone at 202-812-6733  or by e-mail at


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