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Emmanuel Abreu

E.Abreu Visuals brings you creative, fun and professional photos and videos for your life events.


     Emmanuel Abreu is a New York City based photographer who has been collaborating with his Uptown community of Washington Heights/Inwood since the start of his career. His images tend to capture the raw joy in almost any situation, and this is why his work led him to become a professional wedding photographer. His travel photography focuses on landscape, street, and sometimes portraiture, just like in his neighborhood. Some of his work has been featured on media outlets like the local Manhattan Times, New York Times, and Local Blogs, as well as sites like HuffPost and Gothamist. He hopes to continue capturing the love and beauty of his community for years to come.

Artist Statement

     “These are not your normal kids playing with fireworks” Mr. Ford said that those who were firing off the explosives made it impossible for him to walk his dogs at night …adding that he and his neighbors had called 911 as well as 311 …“I think it’s a lot of people who have been pent-up and need to blow off steam … but it’s just adding whole other layer of anxiety.”

     That was from a June 2020 article in The New York Times about fireworks being set off in NYC, and that person is a fellow Inwood resident. My work focuses on the opposite of what he’s talking about. Instead of seeing the kids as “not normal,” they are my siblings. Instead of calling 911, I go out and join them. Instead of adding anxiety to my already anxious life, I choose to empathize more and look at the beauty that they create, and in this instance, they created a series of lights in nights darkened by a pandemic and social injustices. I capture the joy in places many people tell me not to enter. The beauty in what others may find scary, or just plainly ignore.

- Emmanuel Abreu

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