Elvin Abril is a photographer based in Southern California. His work captures the sparks of human connection in unplanned moments. When he sees his subjects in their elements, he confidently captures the inimitable pleasures of doing something they love.
Elvin held his first solo photo exhibition ‘ONE SHOT’ in February of 2018, six months after spending a week at Enfants du Benin Debout, a non-profit youth basketball training camp in Benin, West Africa. With the co-sign and support of Franchise Magazine, Levi’s, Stance, and Jason Markk, he resolved to raise money for the camp that exposed him to unique stories of kids who were learning how to live sustainably and positively through basketball. As a result, Elvin sold 10 of his photos on opening night and additionally raised over $1,000 dollars.
Inquisitive by nature, Elvin finds that his curiosity allows for versatile work. He was most recently commissioned by Nike to document visual artists Buckley and Distortedd on Air Max Day in New YorkLos Angeles, CA. His work was used to profile the artists on Nike-owned online and social channels. Additionally, last winter Elvin shot Anderson .Paak’s “.Paakhouse In The Park,” a benefit concert to support the Angeleno rapper’s initiatives to uplift the underprivileged through music, education, and spiritual wellness. There he captured live performances by Jhené Aiko, Thundercat, Isaiah Rashad, Talib Kweli, Maesgo, and more.
Elvin uses photography as a tool to document people in the middle of something that brings them joy. His work thrives because of his interest in making sense of when strangers coexist in shared spaces. To do “good work” has an important double meaning for Elvin: make every project his best, and capture all the charming moments of humankind.
Elvin has also photographed the following events and experiences:
Primavera Music Festival in Barcelona, Spain
Tom Misch in Los Angeles, CA
Khruangbin in Los Angeles, CA