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Guido Mocafico


Italian still life photographer Guido Mocafico was born in Switzerland; he currently divides his time between his home in Switzerland and his studio in Paris.

Mocafico has become recognised as a contemporary master of still life. His interest in this most classic of art forms started early whilst studying photography at Vevey School in Switzerland. He initially focused on commercial and advertising projects for brands such as Chanel, Clinique, Dior, Gucci, Armani and YSL. His images have been published in numerous magazines over the years including Vogue US, Vogue France, Men’s Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Face, and Wallpaper, amongst others.

About twenty years ago he began to develop personal projects, separate from his commercial accomplishments; these resulted from his personal passions. He explored his chosen themes deeply, first with research, to gain an in-depth understanding of his subjects. Only then was he prepared to embark on the creative process, which has resulted in some of the most intriguing and beautiful images created with a camera.

Subject topics are varied and copious: in architecture, with his series Brasilia/​Beirut; Medusa, jellyfish; Serpens, snakes; Aranea, spiders; Guns and Roses; Movement, fine watches; Nature Morte, banquets and floral arrangements, an interpretation of Dutch Still Life, and most recently Blaschka — glass models, by the father and son duo Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.

Mocafico is exclusively represented by Hamiltons Gallery; his work has been exhibited internationally since 1999, including venues in London, Paris, Munich and Tokyo. Various books have been published comprising his personal projects: Venenum (2005) (A trilogy of Medusa, Serpens and Aranea printed in a limited edition of 1200); Medusa (2006); Serpens (2007); Movement (2008) and most recently Stilleven (2012), published by Steidl.