Misha Vallejo was born in 1985 in Riobamba, Ecuador.
He is a photographer whose work lies between documentary and art photography. In 2014 he completed his MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and in 2010 he finished the St. Petersburg Faculty of Photojournalism in Russia. He works as a freelance photographer and videographer since 2010 and is a member of the photography collective Runa Photos since 2012.
In 2016 he published his first photo-book Al Otro Lado with Brazilian publishing house Editora Madalena. This publication was selected among the best author photobooks by the festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie 2016 in Arles, France. The photo-book also got an honorable mention at the International Prize Felifa-Fola (Argentina, 2016), was selected as the best photography book in Brazil by the festival Féria Miolo(s) 2016 and was selected for the photobook exhibition at Athens Photofestival 2017, for the show Fenomeno Fotolibro at the Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona in 2017, for the Lisbon Photobook Fair 2017 and for the Festival ZUM 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2018 he published his second photobook Siete punto Ocho (Barcelona, RM) in collaboration with Ecuadorian photographer Isadora Romero. This publication was exhibited at The Benaki Museum as part of the 2018 Athens Photo Festival and received an honorable mention at the 2019 POY Latam contest.
His editorial and personal work has been published in such media like the photography books Visible Cities (RM, 2016) or FLUZ (RM, 2016) and such magazines like VICE, The New York Times Lens, GEO, Focus, Pagina99, Buzzfeed News, Esquire Russia, PDN, GUP, Leica Fotografie International, Photo World China, Slideluck Editorial, John Hopkins Public Health Magazine USA, Sueño de la Razón Chile, among many others.
In 2019 his series Manta-Manaus was exhibited at the 2019 Budapest Photo Festival (Hungary). In 2018 his work Secret Sarayaku was exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center as part of the first Latin American Photography Festival in New York (USA). In the same year, his multimedia Manta-Manaus was screened during the Night of the Year at the festival Les Rencontres De La Photographie Arles (France) and the same series was included in the official selection of the San Jose Photo Festival in Uruguay and was shown at the El Ocaso de la Naturaleza show as part of the off program at the Cuenca Contemporary Art Biennale in Ecuador. His multimedia shortfilm Atemporal was screened at the Athens Photo Festival in Greece in 2018. Other recent exhibitions include the solo show Foreign States at +Arte gallery (Quito, Ecuador, 2017); part of his project Secret Sarayaku was exhibited at the Buen Vivir show (at the Bolivian National Art Museum in La Paz and at the Espacio Odeon in Bogota, Colombia, 2016); his series Handwritten was part of the Visible Cities exhibition at the Metropolitan Cultural Centre of Quito; De la tristeza al horizonte was an open air exhibition at the United Nations Boulevard in Quito, Ecuador; he took part in Proyectos Mariano Aguilera at the Contemporary Art Centre of Quito, Ecuador; his multimedia ImproVISION 52 was shown at the Photographic Museum of Humanity’s website (2015); he took part in the show La imagen cuenta - Latitudes at the Cultural Centre García Márquez in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012; his series Round the clock was exhibited at the Humboldt Association in Quito, Ecuador in 2012 (solo show) and his series Inexistent People was shown at the contemporary art gallery Loft Project ETAGI in St. Petersburg, Russia (solo show, 2011). His work was featured in several international photography festivals in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
In 2019 he was selected for the artist-in-residence program at the Docking Station (Netherlands). In 2018 he won the Prince Claus Fund for Cultural and Artistic Response for Environmental Change (Netherlands), the Photo Europe Network Prize at the Photon Festival in Valencia (Spain), the Ecuadorian Culture Ministry’s Project Development Grant and the Documentary Script Writing Grant from the Cinema and Audiovisual Creation Institute of Ecuador. In 2017 he won the Photojournalism for Peace Award in Ecuador and was a finalist of the Langue-Taylor Prize of Duke University and the Iberoamerican contest NexoFoto. In 2015 he was awarded two project development grants: one by the Ecuadorian National Arts Prize Nuevo Mariano Aguilera and the other by the Culture Ministry of the same country. In 2013 he won the SonimagFoto scholarship given by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He was also shortlisted in international photo contests such as the Sony World Photography Awards 2015, The Other Hundred – Entrepeneurs 2014, Visura 2015, 2013 and 2010 and Exposure 2011, among others.
In 2017 he curated Doublefaced an exhibition by German artist Sebastian Bieniek in Quito and Isadora Romero’s show Stardust in the same city. Several times he has also curated the @EverydayEverywhere and @EverydayEcuador Instagram accounts.
He has given photography and image-driven workshops and talks in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Germany, Netherlands and Russia.
Currently he is based in Quito, Ecuador and works throughout Latin America.
Currently based in Quito, Ecuador and available for assignments in Latin America and Europe.