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Harvey Castro | California, United States

A couple holding hands standing in the middle of the street on Broadway in downtown Oakland. One of them holding a sign that reads "You Can't Choke Our Roots." Two days prior Oakland instituted a curfew in response the riots in Downtown and subsequently launched flash bangs and pepper spray at protestors from the youth lead action earlier in the day. Oakland, Calif. Jun 03, 2020

In July 2019, I went to visit family in Mississippi. During morning runs around the neighborhood, I always maintained situational awareness, taking mental notes on the surrounding environment and presenting myself in the least threatening way possible.

I learned about being the "you people" at an early age. My attentiveness and actions on these early morning runs were to avoid any trouble. Black, Indigenous, and people of color have been lynched, murdered, raped, and socially and economically shackled for centuries. Sometimes, for something as simple as looking at someone.

As a photographer, immigrant, and person of color, I feel I have a duty to document my community, looking for those moments that signify a feeling, thought, or emotion reflectings people's distaste for how this country's leadership handles things. When I'm out there, I'm not just creating photographs of a protest; I'm participating in a social movement towards equity and justice. These images are my voice in this movement. Because as long as there is no justice, there will be no peace.

Harvey Castro (he/him) is a photographer and visual artist working on social justice projects related to immigration, inequality, and diversity. He has been documenting social movements within BIPOC communities that narrate resistance and resilience.

As a photographer, immigrant, and person of color, Castro draws inspiration from his lived experience to engage with the people he photographs. This genuine engagement leads him to build relationships that result in candid portraits and intimate scenarios taken in both public and private spaces.

His images often show the inadvertent dramas of everyday life. You see those moments that signify a feeling, thought or emotion that reflects their condition, the distaste, or joy in their life. 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. Recent exhibitions,Los Olvidados, Harvey Milk Photo Center, May 2021,Exploring Humanity,The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Nov 2020;Representation Rising, East Bay Photo Collective, Nov 2020;Say Their Names, West Valley College, September 2020; andLos Olvidados,Project 2020, Los Angeles Center of Photography, March 2020.

Harvey Castro
Email: harvey@studio369.com
Phone: 1-510-506-1896
Insta: @harveycastro.co
Web: www.harveycastro.co

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