Manuello Paganelli grew up in several exotic places such as Santo Domingo, Italy, and Puerto Rico. In 1989, he began to explore Cuba, its land, it people, and its complex relationship with the USA. IN 1995, he had his first solo photo show of his work on Cuba, which earned him a fellowship grant that same year. On reviewing his exhibit the Washington Post wrote “Manuello Paganelli’s Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes, working in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, Paganelli brings an artist’s eyes and a native son’s sensibility to his superb photographs.” In the early 1990s he started work on his Black Cowboys series and in March 2009 part of his documentary was featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography. In the summer of 2012, Paganelli was invited for a photo show in St Petersburg, Russia, of his Black Cowboys documentary at the prestigious Manege Museum during the Photo Vernissage 2012. His award-winning work has graced the covers and pages of many well-known magazines including Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Market, Forbes, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, People, TIME, Reader’s Digest, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and more.