Daniel Castro Garcia is a Sicily based photographer and filmmaker. He studied Spanish and Latin American Literature with Management Studies at University College London and after graduating went on to work as an Assistant Director in the UK film, commercial and music video industry. Alongside 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” in collaboration with his John Radcliffe Studio partners Thomas Saxby (graphic designer) and Jade Morris (producer). The aim of this series was to contribute an alternative type of image to the visual landscape of this humanitarian crisis. He travelled to, and revisited, most of Europe’s refugee/migrant hotspots over the course of many months. In December 2015 Daniel was nominated to enter the First Book Award founded by MACK Books. The resulting dummy, “Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016”, was shortlisted for the award and was later self-published by John Radcliffe Studio with a print run of 1,000 copies (currently sold out). The book was distributed internationally and received critical acclaim. 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. This award resulted in the first solo showing of the “Foreigner” project at TJ Boulting Gallery, London, in March 2017. This exhibition was accompanied by a new John Radcliffe Studio publication, "Foreigner: Collected Writings 2017" (Click to purchase). The project has since been exhibited at the Refugee Law Initiative at Senate House Library, Cortona On The Move Photography Festival, Organ Vida at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, and the Wagner Gallery at New York University.
In March 2017, Daniel was selected as a grantee by the Magnum Foundation Fund, which has enabled the continuation of his work in Sicily, Italy, documenting the refugee/migrant crisis.
In October 2017, Daniel was named as the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography; one of the most prestigious funds in photography. This grant will enable the continuation of his ongoing project about migration and trauma into Sicily which he has been documenting for the last three years.
W. M. Hunt for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography - October 2017: “The judges were struck by Mr. Garcia’s humanism which is appropriate for a grant that honors the legacy of W. Eugene Smith. The pleasure of judging the Smith Fund is the strength and range of the work submitted. The judges were aware that having 12 finalists would be a bit unwieldy, but they wanted to ask questions and consider each of the proposals for a longer time. They are delighted with the selection of Daniel Castro Garcia as the $35,000 Smith Grant Recipient and felt his work was blessed with clarity and wonder.”
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."