Tomás Mantilla is a documentary photographer from Bogotá, Colombia. He studied Visual Journalism and Documentary Practices at the International Center of Photography in New York City under the guidance of Andrew Lichtenstein. He later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from the Universidad de los Andes and a master’s degree in History from University College London. He is focused on merging his photographic work with written journalism and historical research.
In 2022 he published La Época: Reportajes de una historia vetada (Ícono: Bogotá, 2022), a public history work that merges photography, history, and reportage to narrate and expose state censorship in early Cold War Colombia. The work was carried out in support of Colombia's Truth Commission (CEV) and co-authored with historian and non-fiction photographer Stephen Ferry.