Manuel Trujillo Durán

Manuel Trujillo Durán
Portrait of Manuel Trujillo Durán.jpg
Born
Manuel María Segundo de la Trinidad Trujillo Durán

(1871-01-08)8 January 1871
Died14 March 1933(1933-03-14) (aged 62)
Known forPioneering film in Venezuela
Notable work
possibly Un célebre especialista sacando muelas en el gran Hotel Europa and Muchachos bañándose en el lago[1]

Manuel Trujillo Durán (Maracaibo, 8 January 1871 – 14 March 1933)[2][3] was a Venezuelan photographer and is considered one of the country's pioneers in film.

Photography

At age 14, Trujillo began studying at the Colegio Federal de Varones. He then embarked on his photography career, founding his "El rayo de luz" photo studio in 1896, in front of the Baralt Theatre.[3][4] Here, he would produce and develop images for his magazine of the same name from 1897.[3] It is suggested that he built the studio himself, as he was eager and attentive to carpentry.[4] He also founded the Gutenberg newspaper. Several of his photographs were used in other publications, too, including national ones.[3][5] He then founded the Trujillo y Arraga photographic hall, with the painter Julio Arraga, as an exhibition centre for "photographic art and artistic creation [to come] together".[4] In the 1897 Commercial Directory of American Republics, his registered profession is photographer.[6]:1366

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