Jeremy Abrahams South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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I am a socially concerned portrait photographer specialising in positive representations of immigration and related issues.

I am a freelance portrait and social documentary photographer who has lived in Sheffield since 1988. Following redundancy from Barnsley Council in 2013, I completed a Foundation degree in photography at Sheffield College in 2014.

My work has focused on immigration and related issues, including Brexit, asylum detention and modern slavery. I have had two major solo exhibitions. ‘Arrivals: Making Sheffield Home’ was exhibited at Weston Park Museum from September 2016 to February 2017 and was seen by over 43,000 people. ‘Arrivals: Making Tyneside Home’ was at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle from June to September 2019 and was seen by over 50,000 people. Both exhibitions featured on BBC ‘Look North’ programmes.

Further exhibitions include ‘Remain / Leave’ supported by the University of Sheffield at Sheffield Train Station, November 2017; 'Unhidden in Plain Sight’, ethical images of trafficking and modern slavery commissioned by the University of Sheffield and exhibited in September 2018 in Sheffield Winter Garden and ‘Seeing Asylum: Life inside UK Immigration Removal Centres’, commissioned by Leeds Beckett University, exhibited in Leeds Church Institute October 2020 and Holy Trinity Church March 2022.

My most recent work is ‘Portrait of Middleton’ for the community of Middleton by Youlgreave in Derbyshire. Other clients include the University of Sheffield, the Lowry Theatre, The Traverse Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Housing Association.

My images have appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, The Times, the Yorkshire Post, the BBC website and others.


Cher Kheng Lee, 2016


Ales and Maria Potuka, Digital photograph, 2016


Emilio and Natalie Bayarri, Digital photograph, 2017


Pedro Fuentes, Digital photograph, 2016


Terezia Rostas, Digital photograph, 2023


Benitha Iradukunda, Digital photograph, 2022


Said Ghaleb, Digital photograph, 2019


Upcoming events

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    We Carry It With Us

      Workshop  |    27/03/2024 to 30/06/2024

    I'm looking for people willing to be photographed for a photographic portrait project visualising the impact of childhood bullying on adult life.

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Projects and exhibitions


Arrivals: Making Tyneside Home

22/06/2019 — 03/11/2019

Discovery Museum, Newcastle Details

Remain / Leave

04/11/2017 — 25/11/2017

Sheffield Train Station, Sheffield Details

Arrivals: Making Sheffield Home

05/09/2016 — 12/02/2017

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield Details
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