I picked up the scissors and I cut. I cut out all the bits that annoyed me. I was cutting his lack of care and my fear of the unknown.’  Debbie Castro, 2018

 

Debbie Castro’s practice explores the complex relationships that people have with their own bodies. Working with a variety of media (film, video, polaroid; paint, scissors and tape), she creates psychological portraits  that investigate the ebb and flow of embodied existence. For Castro, a portrait session is the beginning of an ongoing relationship with her subject: there are no stolen images. The question asked is ‘How do you feel about letting go, loss, the body?’, and the answer is found in a collaborative dissection of the photographic process.

Through cuts in the print, or glitches in the video, conventional representations are deconstructed, revealing  the subjects’ inner truth. The Other is re-presented, from the inside out. The aim is not to pin the subject down, but rather to bear witness to the endless becoming at the heart of existence.

 

debbie@debbiecastro.com

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2018 I-CUT

2014                    

Who gave you the roses?

Bottleneck Gallery, 60 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC

2012                   

Focused Identity; Unfocused Spaces

Moxie Studios, Lad Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland

 

2009                    

The Scarred Landscape 

P3 Gallery, University of Westminster, London

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2011                      

Glamour in the Blood 

Inspirational Arts, 7 Herbert Street, Dublin 2, Ireland               

2011                    

Portraits of Women – Suffragettes

John Scurr Community Centre, Limehouse, East London.               

Commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council for International Women’s Day

 2010                     

The Scarred Landscape

 Mill St Gallery, Mill St, Dublin 8, Ireland

 

PUBLICATIONS

 2014                      

Who gave you the roses?

With text by Francesca Carrington Birch

2010                     

The Scarred Landscape

 

http://www.creative-mapping.com/photographer-debbie-castros-who-gave-you-the-roses/

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

2008-2009          

Masters in Photojournalism (Merit)

University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, London

 

2005                    

Street fashion Photography Level 3 Award

LCC, London College of Communications, 

University of the Arts, London

 

2004-2005         

Photography portfolio course (Distinction)

Marino College VEC, Dublin, Ireland

 

1998-2001            

BSc Hons Psychology and Psycholanalysis  (2.1)

Dublin Business School of Arts (LSB College) Balfe Street, Dublin, Ireland

 

WORK

2017- current

Co-Ordinator for LIoP

London Institute of Photography, The Truman Brewery, London.

Role includes organizing monthly Talks, Yearly exhibit as part of Free Range Festival., Writing teaching material, organizing Job board, Blog post and organizing The monthly Challenge.  

 2010-  2016                 

Director of Training & Senior Trainer:       

London School of Photography, 19-21 Hatton Garden, London   

Lead tutor - Introduction to the camera Level 1 and 2, Portrait, Food and Product, Studio, Photoshop, Lightroom, Photojournalism and street photography and; Curator -Annual exhibition of students’ practice.