Originally from Los Angeles, Erik Castro began his career as a photographer in Seattle, Washington after returning from an inspiring trip through Russia and Eastern Europe in the late 1990s. Castro dedicated the first few years of his career photographing issues concerning low-income residents and those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.
Castro returned to school in 2001 and after completing internships at both the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Orlando Sentinel, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with high honors at The University of Texas at Austin.
In 2005, Castro received a Hearst Award for his photo essay on a prison rehabilitation program and he is a two-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association award for his multimedia work in Santa Rosa, California where he now resides.
His images have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Seattle and Sonoma, California and he is the sole photographer for a book about a new generation of winemakers titled, "The New California Wine" published by Ten Speed Press, 2013. He is a frequent contributing photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine. Currently Castro is working on a long term project about California grape pickers titled HARVESTER.
Erik Castro is based in Santa Rosa, California.