Manel began his career as a photographer’s assistant in Barcelona and moved on to manage a prestigious photographic laboratory as he developed his artistic work. He established an independent studio, Ortega-Verges, over 20 years ago and his work has been exhibited across Spain and in London, Italy, New York and Mexico. His images have been featured in numerous publications, including Vogue Spain, Arte Fotografico, Mascular, Cured Meat, Portrait Salon and Stark. He is renowned for his mastery of light in both his portraiture and interpretations of the male form and his work is used in teaching fine art at the Universities of Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela. He now lives in Brighton UK where he has a studio at the Phoenix Arts Association.