about the photographer


Erik Castro has won multiple National Press Photographers Association Awards for his documentary 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.

Originally from Los Angeles, he 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.

His images have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Seattle and Northern California and he is a frequent contributing photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Press Democrat. Erik Castro is based in Santa Rosa, California.