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¡El Barrio Vive!

Showcasing one of New York’s most diverse neighborhood and its beauty with 35mm film.


When someone asks me what part of New York City I’m from, I usually hesitate to answer.

What can I say? Upper East Side? East Harlem (El Barrio)? The dividing line between the Upper East Side and El Barrio is constantly blurring.

El Barrio is a changing neighborhood; where the remains of Italian Harlem are buried underneath. Where East Harlem thrives on one block, and the Upper East Side is born on the next. Where the 23rd Precinct’s police activity builds up on one corner, and brand new condos build up on the next. Where the sweet smell of a street vendor's arroz con leche meets the bitter smell of a fancy café's espressos. Where the crime rate demands the neighborhood be called one name, and rising rent, another. Where childhood memories are buried under a construction site, while the locations of tomorrow’s memories await on unfinished blueprints.

¡El Barrio Vive! (East Harlem Lives!) is a collection of images, showcasing one of New York’s most diverse neighborhood and its beauty with 35mm film. The decision to use 35mm film is an homage to the idea of preserving the roots of photography, just as I wish that the roots of El Barrio are preserved and continue to live on.