Born in Argentina in 1961, Ortiz moved to France in 1978. He began his career in photography in 1982. In 1984, Emmanuel went to Peru for three years to cover the conflict between the Government , the Maoist guerrilla movement of the "Shining Path" , and the Guevarist MRTA. Until 1989, Emmanuel also covered the events in the new Democracy of Argentina, the 1986 mass-hunger strikes in Bolivia and Pope John Paul II visit to Santiago, Chile. Moving back to France, Emmanuel went to cover the beginning of the Croatia war in 1991,where he fell in love with the region and covered the conflicts of the break up of Yugoslavia through its entirety till 1999. In 2000 Ortiz spend a year in Thailand before moving back to France to work on a long term story of the daily lives of the Atlantic coast French Fishermen. In 2005 he began another long term project on one of his dearest passion, horses, their return to modern life and the history of their relationship with man.