Photographer’s Eye Presents RICK CASTRO “S/M Blvd: Street Hustler Photographs”

21st February 2024, 12:00 pm

Date(s) - 21st Feb 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Los Angeles Public Library - Central Library, Meeting Room A













“As a lifelong Los Angeleno, I know the pulse of my city. The surface shiny and sunny, the underbelly so dark one could burn in the shadows. My documentation of the street hustlers on Santa Monica Boulevard began as an obsession around 1990. The last era of male sex workers before the Internet centered around in-person communication that was raw and lustful, yet surprisingly innocent. For me, this was the quintessential romanticized L.A. story. Rejected souls from everywhere come to Hollywood trying to make it with all they have: their own bodies. To date my efforts have produced numerous photos, my first script, co-directing a feature-length film (Hustler White, 1996), and three books.” – Rick Castro

Rick Castro is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. Based in Los Angeles his entire life, he has created portraits of Gore Vidal, Kenneth Anger, Michèle Lamy, and the 14th Dalai Lama, and created fashion editorials for Dior Homme, Cartier, and Rick Owens. His latest book, Rick Castro S/M Blvd: Street Hustler Photographs and Remembrances 1986-1999 (All Night Menu Books, 2023), combines images and memories of the brief times he spent with the guys he met while cruising up and down “the loop” in his 1967 Mercury Cougar. Castro’s photography and writings are currently featured in Copy Machine Manifesto: Artists Who Make Zines at Brooklyn Museum in New York City through 31st March 2024.


Word on the street

  Join Rick Castro for February’s Photographer’s Eye program at the Los Angeles Public Library. Castro will present a selection of images from his new book S/M Blvd: Street Hustler Photographs and Remembrances 1986-1999 (All Night Menu Books, 2023). Castro will also share his memories of the brief times spent with the guys he met… View Article

Published: 21st February 2024

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