Alfonso de Castro is a photographer and daguerreotypist specialising in portrait, nude and documentary photography. He works primarily (but not exclusively) with large format cameras. Alfonso also specialises in 19th Century photography and has a strong interest in alternative printing processes, including platinum, palladium, Van Dyke and cyanotype. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts, and has been a Professor of Photography in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona for many years. His area of research focused on the technology and aesthetics of photography, and he has published several critical and technical articles related to this field. Alfonso often travels around the world, but still resides in Zaragoza and Barcelona.
His work has been influenced by several important photographic traditions, including street photography, classical portrait and new documentary; he has also been influenced by important photographers from the history of photography as well as contemporary photographers like Ricard Terré, W. Eugene Smith, Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus.
His current view of photography resolves around the idea of ‘excess’ and its inextricability from broader thought on photography.