Originally from Germany, I moved to the US in 2004 when I married my husband, who is American. My background is in nursing and alternative health care, but my passion has always been art in various forms. Around 2008 I began to focus on photography after two life-changing events happened within a year, the death of my brother and the birth of my first son.

My work consists largely of black and white portraits. My self-portraits are often a visualization of the conflicting feelings of pain and joy in life, the experience of loss and grief, my journey towards self-knowledge, and the elusive beauty within it all.

My professional work includes individual, child, and family portraits as well as event photography, cover art, and other commissioned work.

Please visit my professional site manuelathamesphotography.com for more information and a portfolio.



  • 2016 Black And White Magazine Portfolio Contest Spotlight Award
  • 2015 Honorable Mention, "Fine Art", B&W Child Photography: 2nd Annual International Photo Contest
  • 2015 Honorable Mention, "Portraits", B&W Child Photography: 2nd Annual International Photo Contest
  • Print Publications:

  • 2018 (Winter) Shots Magazine #138 Feature and Interview
  • 2017 (April) Black And White Magazine Feature and Interview
  • 2016 Cover of Aina, a novel published by Book Hill Publication, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2015 Minneapolis Photo Center Exhibition Book
  • 2015 PhotoPlaceGallery "Open Call" Exhibition Catalog
  • 2013 PhotoPlaceGallery "Selfportrait" Exhibition Catalogue
  • Online Publications:

  • 2016 Feature and Interview Adore Noir Magazine
  • 2015 Feature and Interview www.fragmentory.org
  • 2015 Feature in juried Group exhibition F-Stop Magazine Issue # 74
  • 2015 7th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Finalist Category Children
  • 2015 Lens Culture Exposure Awards, Competition Gallery
  • 2014 National Geographic Daily Dozens
  • 2013 Photo Technique Magazine "Underexposed"
  • 2013 PhotoPlaceGallery "Selfportrait" Online Annex
  • 2013 Seeance Magazin (Video Art Magazin) Photo of the Day
  • Exhibitions:

  • 2016
  • White Center for the Art, White Bear Lake MN. "Self Portrait" group exhibition, curated by Douglas Beasley
  • Amore Coffee, Saint Paul MN. "Self Portrait" solo exhibition
  • 2015
  • Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis MN. "Portraits" juried group exhibition.
  • PhotoPlaceGallery, Middlebury, VT. "Open Call" juried group exhibition.
  • Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN. Five Foot Show as part of the 15th Anniversary celebration.
  • 2014
  • Solomon’s Porch Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. "Self Portraits" group exhibition.
  • Trotter’s Café, Saint Paul, MN. Solo exhibition. 
  • 2013
  • Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN. "The Transparent Self" juried group exhibition.
  • Flow Art Space, Saint Paul, MN. "Me, Myself and Eye" juried group exhibition.
  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR. "Shades of Gray" juried group exhibition.
  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR. "Photo Salon" juried group exhibition.
  • Trotter’s Café, St. Paul, MN. "Community Art Show" juried group exhibition.
  • 2007
  • South Bend CRC Atrium Gallery, South Bend, IN. Solo exhibition.