Walter Astrada was born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started his career as a staff photographer at local La Nacion newspaper. After a formative trip through South America, he joined the Associated Press in Bolivia and later in Argentina, Paraguay and then the Dominican Republic.
From March 2005 until March 2006, Walter worked as a freelancer for Agence France Presse in the Dominican Republic and was represented and distributed by World Picture News. In March 2006 he moved to Spain from where he is working as a freelancer. During 2008 and 2009, he covered Eastern Africa out of Uganda. He is now based in Barcelona, working on a long-term project about violence against women.
Walter's work has been awarded 3 World Press Photo, The Bayeux-Calvados award for War Correspondents, NPPA-BOP, ‘Photojournalist of the Year’ and ‘Best of Show,’ the PGB ‘Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Picture of the Year,’ and PDN annual, Days Japan 1st Prize, POYi’s, Alexia Foundation and Getty Editorial grants, among others.