Harvey Castro is a documentary photographer and visual artist working on documenting social movements within BIPOC communities that narrate resistance and resilience.
Sociopolitical issues related to inequality and diversity are central to his work, leading him to build connections with individuals, which result in candid portraits and intimate scenarios taken in both public and private spaces.
His photographs often show the inadvertent dramas of everyday life, whether that be the desperate eyes and resilient body language of Nicaraguan LGBTQ refugees in Costa Rica or the casually extreme sexual performativity within his photo essay, Folsom.
Castro’s genuine engagement with the people in his photographs leads his work to have a strong reportage feeling. Reflected also are the bonds of support and camaraderie within each specific community – bonds that make resistance possible against adversity and exclusion.
Originally from Nicaragua, Castro lives and works in Oakland, California.