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 with rick owens- glamcult
photos- narcissus magazine
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
garçon français menottes- 2007
i give good foot- 1993
life history- 2014
la veuve joyeuse après pierre molinier
le parfait gentilhomme après Pierre molinier
global warming- 2002
spread eagle- 1995
the modernist- 2016
glamcult- 3- 2016
white stag- 2015
the loner- 2015
all photos- copyright- rick castro