Misha Vallejo is a documentary photographer who focuses on social and environmental issues throughout Latin America and Eastern Europe. He was born in 1985 in Riobamba, Ecuador.
In 2014 he completed his MA in Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and in 2010 he finished the St. Petersburg Faculty of Photojournalism. During this time he attended master classes by photographers Ed Clark, Pieter Ten Hoopen, Michael Ackerman and others. He works as a freelance photojournalist since 2010 and is a member of the documentary photography collective Runa Photos. His work is constantly published by various media throughout Europe and the Americas, like Terra Incognita (Ecuador), Geo (France) or Esquire (Russia).
In 2016 he published his first photobook Al Otro Lado with Brazilian publishing house Editora Madalena.
Among others, his recent exhibitions include “Buen Vivir Bien” at the National Art Museum of La Paz, Bolivia, FLUZ photography festival Quito (various open air and gallery venues), "ImproVISION 52" at the Photographic Museum of Humanity website 2015, "Miradas íntimas" at Arte Actual gallery in Quito in 2014, "La imagen cuenta - Latitudes" at the Cultural Centre García Márquez in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012, "24 Horas / Round the clock" at the Humboldt Association Quito in 2012 and "Inexistent people" at the contemporary art gallery Loft Project ETAGI in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2011. His work has also been showed at several international photography festivals in Russia, UK, Israel, Turkey and Lithuania.
In 2015 he was awarded a project development grant by the Ecuadorian National Arts Prize Nuevo Mariano Aguilera and the Fondos Concursables artistic grant by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture and Heritage, in 2013 he won the SonimagFoto scholarship given by the Photojournalism Postgraduate Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He was also shortlisted in international photo contests such as the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 in the Mobile Phone category, The Other Hundred – Entrepeneurs 2014, FotoVisura 2015, 2013 and 2010 and Exposure 2011, among others. He is currently based in Quito, Ecuador and is available for assignments in Latin America.