portrait of Rick Castro- EMS

is an American Photographer known for his work focusing on fetish and desire.
 He was born in Los Angeles in 1958 and began his work as a wardrobe stylist and clothing designer. 
His clients over the years included Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Herb Ritts, Joel-Peter Witkin and magazines like Interview, GQ, Rolling Stone, MIchele Lamy, and Vanity Fair. 

Castro first became a freelance photographer at age 29 during 1987 working for Frontiers, The Advocate and Drummer magazine.
His first solo exhibition happened one year later at the original, Different Light Bookstore in Silverlake, CA. 
Over the years Rick  has had numerous international exhibitions including NYC, Chicago,  San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Paris, Tokyo, London,  Berlin, Frankfurt, Australia & Amsterdam.

In 1994 his short film of hustler interviews inspired Bruce LaBruce to make the film Hustler White, (1996). The two then collaborated on this project as co-directors/writers. Hustler White was a great success internationally and is listed by the Los Angeles Times top 100 underground films of the 20th century.  
Rick also directed a documentary for MTV called, Plushies & Furries, (2001) scoring #2 in the ratings. 

Rick Castro has photographed~ producer Alan Poul, porn star Peter Berlin, Writer Gore Vidal, director Kenneth Anger and the 14th Dalai Lama. 
Rick has created editorial photos for Christian Dior Homme, Cartier jewelry, and shoots on a regular basis for Rick Owens. 
 He was the west coast editor/photographer for Studio Publications- Blue, Black & white, The Masters based in Australia- 2000- 2007.

Rick Castro’s films are archived by UCLA Legacy Projects. His books and photographs are archived by the Alfred Kinsey Institute, Ind, UCLA library, Westwood,  Chicago Leather Museum, IL, One Institute, USC and the Tom Of Finland Foundation, Echo Park.

Two books have been published of Rick’s photography, Castro, 1990) published by the Tom of Finland Foundation and 13 Years of Bondage, (2004) Fluixon publications.

In 2005 Rick founded the groundbreaking Antebellum Gallery Hollywood, which is dedicated to fetish as art. 

 Rick Castro lives and works in Hollywood, where he daily blogs- antebellumgallery.blogspot.com

photos & interview- dazed digital

photos & interview-  the advocate 

photos & interview-  balaclava q. 

photos & interview with rick owens- glamcult

interview & photos-  john coulthart

interview-  chaos reigns


hustler white- 1996

interview- sextv- canada- 1999

plushies & ferries- 2001

tony ward as a biker babe- 1996

live fast-die young- 2013

western exsterminator- 2013

tony ward in string bondage- 1995

portrait of alice bag- 2014

the golem- 2014

flawed perfection- 1987

portrait of guillermo diaz- 2009

the web- 2006

boy wrap- 2014

the wise man- 2015

the stars of hollywood boulevard- 2015

"she"- 1993

garçon français menottes- 2007

i give good foot- 1993

life history- 2014

allura- 2013

la veuve joyeuse après pierre molinier 

le parfait gentilhomme après Pierre molinier

global warming- 2002
spread eagle- 1995

 botoxic- 2016

sasha- 2016

the modernist- 2016

glamcult- 3- 2016

white stag- 2015

the loner- 2015

all photos- copyright- rick castro

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