Jose Maria Rodriguez Madoz, better known as Chema Madoz, is a Spanish photographer. He has a witty and clever approach to his imagery, carefully thinking out beforehand his concept, using chosen objects with a pun or a twisted illusion. Manipulated and strange still-lives - at first glance they seem like a viable reality. He then executes the photograph with a classic surreal vision, professional studio skills and very clean compositions – usually printed in black and white or sepia tones. We think Man Ray would have been a fan. He currently uses a Hasselblad camera to take his photos.
Here is a link to the Google translation of Chema’s website.
His beautiful book, Chema Madoz: Objetos 1990–1999 (below) contains many of these unreal fantasies throughout it’s 330 pages, published by Actar/Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Aldeasa. It must be out of print, due to the hefty price tags on the used ones from Amazon, here. We love the design of the book – the front and back covers are fun graphic transpositions of his name.
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