José Antonio Sancho Biography

Barcelona, Spain, 1952

Established Catalonian photographer Jose Antonio Sancho is self-taught and has been a photographer since 1979. The main themes in his work include concerts (rock and jazz), urban landscapes, people on the street, portraits and objects he has encountered.

In his series ?Cavernarios? Sancho explores relationships between the spaces that are suggested by doors that have been bricked over, ?that you don?t know if it is to prevent entering or leaving, or if it?s access to other dimensions?, the spaces that create caves behind them, the graphics on the walls and the erosion of the material itself.

From the start he dedicated himself to press photography, and has photographed numerous celebrities, including Joan Brossa, Frederick Forsyth, Maia Plysetskaya, Alfredo Kraus, etc. At the same time he also worked in the music industry, where he photographed many musicians, among them Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Camaron. His photographs have been used on disc covers, books, posters, in the press, etc.

Publications he has collaborated with include El Periodico, La Vanguardia, Telva, Rock In and Dominical ABC.


2006 - Cavernarios. Sala d'art TheSeo. Barcelona, Spain. - Haut Atlas hasta Erg Chebbi. Sala d'art TheSeo. Barcelona, Spain.

2005 - Tiempo de Rock & Roll. La sala de las Artes. Madrid, Spain.

2004 - Ciudad ignorada y naturaleza. Sala d'art Teseo. Barcelona, Spain. - Tiempo de Rock & Roll. Sala Bar 242 BCN. Barcelona, Spain.


2006 - - Tierras de Ala. DIDCAV-Puebla, Mexico.

1999 - La mirada multiple. Mas Marti ?Can Corder? Vilademuls, Girona, Spain.

Artist's Statement

“Cavernarios”. As indicated by some Hindu texts, everything material is Maya (illusion), but behind those blocked off doors and windows eroded by the time, we can find some of the realities of our civilization, the attitude and relationship of human being with one of the most primary needs, the habitat. Life, death, the poetry of the ephemeral. Platón and his cavern of shadows. Photography, invention to realize the “reality”, lets us suspect what is hidden: the obvious. About photography, he likes the ability it has to reproduce very precisely the world around us and the opportunity it gives us through freezing time, to observe later that fragment in a reflexive act, of which he is particularly interested in “what is not look”.