I want you to meet Andrew. Filmmaker and Anti Displacement Advocate
I photographed Andrew in his grandparents playground at Lehman Houses. The stability and affordability of public housing was key to their ability to remain in El Barrio since emigrating from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s, Andrew was Born and raised in East Harlem, and witnessed the effects of gentrification first hand on his Neighborhood. As a response he created the award winning documentary “El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem” through screenings and dialogues, he and been able to raise awareness in New York, and has launched “El Barrio Tours: Gentrification USA” a project focused on national displacement. Andrew’s work centers around communities’ fight to and right to determine their own fate.