Walter Astrada was born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started his career as a staff photographer at the 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.
Walter worked as a freelancer for Agence France Presse (AFP) in the Dominican Republic from 2005-2006 and was represented and distributed by World Picture News. During 2008 and 2009 he covered Eastern Africa out of Uganda.
Currently he is based in Barcelona, Spain, where he continues to work as a freelancer and on two long-term projects, one about violence against women and the other about people with multiple sclerosis in Europe, called the Under Pressure Project.
Walter also gives lectures and workshops based on his long-term projects as a professional photographer and documentary video maker.