Daniel Castro Garcia is a London based photographer and film-maker. He studied Spanish and Latin American Literature at University College London and after graduating went on to work as an Assistant Director in the UK film, commercial and music video industry. Along side this profession; Daniel developed his photography practise. Having started out as a street photographer working on personal projects his work now focuses on social documentary and portraiture.
In May 2015 Daniel started the photography project “Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016” in collaboration with John Radcliffe Studio partner Thomas Saxby, which has subsequently been made into a photo book. In December 2015 he was nominated to enter the First Book Award founded by Mack Books, a photography publishing prize established in 2012 to support emerging photographers. In May 2016 the book was shortlisted for the award and received a print run of 1000 copies, printed by Die Kuere and available to buy from Antenne Books (sold out). In October 2016, “Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016” was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award.
In January 2017 Daniel was named the winner of the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2017 in recognition of his work on the migrant/refugee crisis across Europe. He will subsequently be having a solo show at the TJ Boulting Gallery, London, in March 2017. This exhibition will be accompanied by a new John Radcliffe Studio publication, "Foreigner: Collected Writings 2017" (Click to purchase).
In March 2017, Daniel was selected as a grantee by the Magnum Foundation Fund. This support will enable the continuation of his work in Sicily, Italy, documenting the refugee/migrant crisis.
Hannah Watson in The British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2017 - January 2017: “The Foreigner series stood out, not only for some really strong images that often cross both documentary and artistic concepts, but because the whole project has been put together with a lot of dedication and energy and reaches out beyond the realms of photography to a very timely issue that we felt should be highlighted,”
Martin Parr in The British Journal of Photography - The Migration Issue September 2016: "The European saga of the refugee crisis is the biggest story in the last two years. The book is a perfect home for a complete statement and reflection on this ongoing situation - all the more so given our weekend supplements' reluctance to deal with difficult issues. Foreigner is a very welcome project, where the care and attention in describing the narrative is applied with great sensitivity and a good eye. I was very happy to support the project, and delighted to see it published a few months later."
David Campany in The Photobook Review - 011/Fall 2016: "The combination of black-and-white and colour photographs and succinct writing is exemplary. The design of the book is elegant, incorporating vellum map overlays and cleanly typeset text, and serves the material exceptionally well. This book matters now. It will also become a significant historical record."