Originally from Los Angeles, Erik Castro began his career as a documentary photographer in Seattle during the late 1990s focusing on issues concerning low-income residents and those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.
Castro has won multiple National Press Photographers Association Awards for his multimedia work and more recently for his wildfire coverage in Lake County, California in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin where he also received a Hearst Award for his photo essay on a prison rehabilitation program.
His images have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Seattle and Northern 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.
Castro is currently working on long term projects about immigrant labor titled, HARVESTER and on the homeless crisis in Santa Rosa, California where he resides.