A Greensboro, North Carolina native by way of Palm Harbor, Florida, Sean Manuel is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. 

His  work aims to reinvent notions of beauty and explore the complexities of Blackness. Through the intentional arrangement of Black bodies he communicates ideas of Blackness like intimacy, community and spirituality. Constructing worlds where Black people can be protagonists of their own stories, unapologetic and confrontational in their expressions of Blackness. 



SouthEnd Arts GRACEFest | June 2021

Goodyear Arts Residency Showcase  | June 2021 - July 2021

Photoville Festival | June 2022

Pingyao International Photography Festival | September 2022


Summer 2021 Goodyear Artist Resident 

2020 Diversify Photo Member

Current Collective Grant funded by NC BLOC's Ella Baker Project 

Arts & Science Council Invest in Creatives Fund Grant 

The New School 2022-2023 Student Research Grant

News | Features 

Murze Magazinephotography; print | December 2019

Colorblock Magazinephotography; print | May 2020

The Brooklyn Circus | Interview - May 2020

Aint-Bad | Feature - September 2020

Musée Magazine | Feature - October 2020

Arcca Magazine | Interview - October 2020

CRWN Mag | Interview - December 2020

Online Features: Photo VogueAfropunk, VSCOBlack Archivist, Raw Melanin, Kanaiza, Murze Magazine, ColorBlock Magazine, Culture Icon, Aint-BadMusée Magazine, My Beautiful Africa, Dont Take Pictures

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