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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 practice. 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. 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.