Art Media with Purpose


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 Jose L. G.Cano was born in Spain in 1961 and worked for several years in the fashion industry. After a period of reflection on the purpose of his life, he left Spain and went to live on a sailing boat, travelling to many countries around the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia.

Arriving to Thailand by chance, he started working with a charity dealing with the darker side of the sex industry , working to create safe shelters for women and children. 

His work was recognised by the Spanish government being named Honorary Consul of Spain in Phuket and receiving the Cross of Night of the Order of Isabel La Catolica.

He moved to New Zealand in 2009 establishing his home and studio in Nelson.

Jose G. Cano started in photography when he was 14 years old and got a camera from his father, probably to keep him out of trouble. Soon it became a passion, and photography has been part of his life as an advanced amateur and also professionally.

Initially focused in documentary photography, as a witness of the social problems of our world, he later turn to Fine Art Photography, but with a foot in activism media and photography on matters related to environmental issues.

His pantheon of revered photographers are Howard Schwatz, Lois Greenfield, Erwin Olaf and Gregory Crewdson, but he acknowledges the visual and aesthetic catholicismof his childhood, the time past in Baroque churches, full ofangels and saints, of madonnas and goddesses.

Deep psychologist like Carl G. Jung, and his disciples, Jean Shinoda Bolen, James Hillman, James Hollis and Robert A. Johnson form the base of his world.