Manuel Nieto Zaldívar borns in Madrid (Spain) in 1950.

From childhood, and due to a strenght family relationship with the world of cinema, he is highly atracted by the universe of image. At the age of 19 he is the Head of the Film Division as a part of the most relevant photography company in the country. During all those years, and always working close together with his masters, he did many works for Official Statements as Ministrys, City Councils and the recent stablished Royal House. His natural sense for creativity and experimentation force them to look for new alternative ways of image art, besides the "official" ones. His portraits of singers, writers, musicians, flamenco dancers... anyone of them show in Manuel's picture work the most personal and vitalist sides, going much more further than the usual sales or promotional art.

During the 80's Manuel works stablishing the Videographic Archives of Madrid City Council. The hundred of events covered by Manuel during those years, plenty of social, cultural and politics life, are now a significative part of the City colective memory.


Manuel shares his activity as Photography Director and Camera Operator for diferent national broadcasters as TVE, Tele5 and Canal+ in news, TV series, documentals, etc.

During the last ten years, performs different productions as Photography Director and Camera Operator with Alea Doc Films, including: "Los Hijos del Cante "(The Sons of the Cante), "Bienvenidos al Paraíso" (Welcome to Paradise), "Sueño Latino" (Latin Dream), "Madres a los cincuenta" (Mothers at fifty), "La Verdadera Historia de los falsos Dalí "(The True Story of false Dali), original idea of  “El Ultimo Sefardí “(The Last Sephardic), "La Batalla del Jarama "(The Battle of Jarama), "Almas sin fronteras" (Souls Without Borders), “Francisco Sánchez - Paco de Lucía” and so on, which were released on TVE, Canal Plus, Multicanal Historia and Arte Internacional.

Videoclips for several artists.

Interviews with writers as: Mario Vargas Llosa, Francisco Ayala, José Luis Sampedro,  Rosa Montero, Raúl Guerra Garrido, José Luis Pardo, Clara Sánchez,  Félix Grande, Jorge Semprún, Hans Magnus Enzsensberger, and so.

Make recordings of performances and interviews with Paco de Lucía, Enrique Morente, Cañizares, Enrique de Melchor, Carmen Cortés, Gerardo Núñez, Tomatito, Manolo Sanlúcar, La Tati, Pepe Habichuela y familia, Vicente Amigo, Alejandro Sanz, etc.

Documentaries for the Ministry of Culture as: "Arte exiliado" (Art in exile), "Los Mundos de Gonzalo Torrente Ballester "(The Worlds of Gonzalo Torrente Ballester), "Arte Salvado" (Art Saved), "El Reino de León y sus Beatos" (The Kingdom of Leon and his Beatos), "Antonio Machado en Baeza" (Antonio Machado in Baeza), etc.

Co-creator and coordinator of the Instituto Cervantes TV, under the command of Ramón Tijeras Cózar  who was the General Director of CVC (Centro Virtual Cervantes), coordinates over the past four years, at a large team of Linguists, Editors, Camera Operators, Writers, Sound Engineers, Filmmakers, Trainees and so on.

Finally, as Director and Writer, has conducted a sixty-minute documentary about the great dancer Carmen Amaya, it called "Carmen Amaya - Centenario 1913-2013"

And meanwhile life, as art, continues...