A retrospective that curates the seminal photographs from the 25 years of Castro's work.
The photographer’s sex positive imagery is darkly
erotic, elegant, and at times, sinister. A powerful and imaginative
figure that emerged in the Los Angeles underground during the late '80s,
Rick Castro was dubbed the Fetish King. His photographs are characterized
by potent and visceral tableaux tinged with sadomasochism, leather and
sexual pleasure: From the artist’s fetishizing of Tony Ward in
1986, to his current black and white fashion photographs (featuring
his 93 year old father) commissioned by Rick Owens.
Curated by Rubén Esparza in conjunction with Queer
Biennial I / LA + NY and Parts in Between.
About Rick Castro: 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 fashion 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, and Vanity Fair. Castro first became a freelance
photographer at age 30 in 1988, with his work appearing in Frontiers and The Advocate.
His first solo exhibition happened a year later at the
original A Different Light Bookstore in Silverlake, California. Over the years
he has had numerous international exhibitions and in 1994 his short
film of hustler interviews inspired Bruce LaBruce to make the film Hustler
White (1996). The two then collaborated on the project as co-directors/writers.
The film was a great success internationally and is listed by the Los
Angeles Times as one of the top 100 underground films of the 20th century.
Rick also directed a documentary for MTV called Plushies & Furries (2001), scoring number two in the ratings.
Over the years, Rick Castro has photographed producer
Alan Poul, porn star Peter Berlin, author Gore Vidal, director Kenneth
Anger and the 14th Dalai Lama. Castro has created editorial photos for
Christian Dior Homme, Cartier jewelry and Rick Owens. His
films are archived by UCLA Legacy Projects and his books and photographs
are archived by the Alfred Kinsey Institute and Tom of Finland Foundation.
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