Misha Vallejo was born in 1985 in Riobamba, Ecuador. He is a documentary storyteller whose work focuses in Latin America and Europe. In 2014 he completed his MA in Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London.
Among other distinctions, he won the 2020 Documentary Production Funds of the Ecuadorian Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Creation for his first documentary feature film. Also, he has won the Goethe Institut and Prince Claus Fund for Cultural and Artistic Response for Environmental Change (Germany & Netherlands, 2018), the Photo Europe Network Prize at the PhotOn Festival in Valencia (Spain, 2018), he was selected for the Docking Station artist-in-residence program in two occasions (Netherlands, 2019 and 2020) and won the Ecuadorian National Arts Prize Mariano Aguilera (2015).
In 2016 he published his first photobook Al Otro Lado (Editora Madalena, Sao Paulo), which was selected among the best author photobooks at the Rencontres de la Photographie festival in 2016 (France), obtained the only honorable mention at the prize Felifa-Fola (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and was selected as the best photography book in Brazil in that same year, among many other international distinctions. In 2018, Spanish publishing house RM released his second photobook Siete punto Ocho, which won an honorable mention at the contest Pictures of The Year Latin America 2019 and was featured at the Athens Photo Fest (Greece, 2019). Recently, the same publishing house released his third book Secret Sarayaku, which is part of a transmedia documentary project that also includes an interactive web platform www.secretsarayaku.net and an exhibition.
Among others, his personal work has been shown at the LUMIX Festival of Young Visual Journalism (Hannover, Germany 2020), Bronx Documentary Center (New York, USA, 2018), at the Rencontres de la Photographie festival (Arles, France, 2018), at the Budapest Photo Festival (Hungary, 2019), at the International Photography Festival of Valdivia (Chile, 2019) and in several solo exhibitions throughout Latin America and Europe. His editorial and personal work has been published in such media like The New York Times Lens, VICE, GEO, Marie Claire, Esquire and many others. He has given talks and workshops in photography and audiovisual storytelling in Latin America and Europe, a highlight of which was his participation at the 3rd Latin American Colloquium of Photography in Mexico City, 2018.
Currently he is based in Ecuador and works in film and photography throughout Latin America and Europe.