From being a photography hobbyist, Ted O. Madamba Jr. crossed over successfully and became a professional photographer and lecturer. He also reaped awards from a number of prestigious photo competitions here in the Philippines and abroad.
In his continuous search for new and captivating images, Mr. Madamba traveled to see Asia’s rich cultural heritage in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. He also viewed the world’s wonders in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, the colorful geologic formations of the Bryce and Moab canyons of Utah, the iconic Monument Valley of Arizona, the fascinating geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the mountain scenery and wildlife of the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming, the spectacular Glacier National Park in Montana, and the winter scenery of Alaska.
In 2006, he had a photo exhibit at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort that showcased the majestic mountain scenery of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. This exhibit was sponsored by the Canadian government.
A good mentor teaches well, but the best inspires, and that is precisely what Mr. Maramba aims to do for his students. As a part-time mentor, Mr. Madamba conducts workshops on photography basics at the Nikon showroom and service center located on the second floor of Banilad Town Centre, and he is quite often the only Filipino mentor at the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT), which is recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. He conducted various photography seminar workshops and staged exhibits of his works in our country. One of these photo exhibits was “Parks of the World,” which highlighted works from Mr. Madamba’s students. From October 1 to 7, 2012, “Parks of the World” was one of the featured presentations for Parkmall’s fourth anniversary.
The word photography is a combination of root words for light and drawing, so photography can be considered as illustrating with light. This is something that Mr. Madamba really enjoys about his chosen vocation as a photographer, whether he’s shooting some photos for advertising purposes or documenting lovely moments from a wedding or engagement. As a family man, he also likes to say that his wife and kids are the colors of his life since their nicknames have to do with different colors.
Mr. Madamba was a major contributor of photographs for the Zee Publications coffee table book Postcards from Cebu. He was also the photographer for the book Tangub City: On the Crossroads of Change, which was written by Cebu-based writer Melanie T. Lim and provided with creative direction by Boboi Costas and editorial direction by Pascual Emelio S. Pascual, University of San Carlos (USC) history department chairperson. Incidentally, Mr. Madamba graduated from USC with a degree in accounting, and most of the other people who headed the book’s creation were also USC graduates.
Ted Madamba was commissioned by Art Post Asia, a publishing and design group based in Singapore, to do about 90 percent of the photography for another coffee table book, this time on the iconic designs of Cebu’s world-class furniture. The book, Cebu Furniture: A History of Inspiration and Innovation, was written by Maricris Encarnacion. For the book, Mr. Madamba got the chance to photograph a number of significant furniture pieces from the warehouses of Cebu companies that, for one reason or another, no longer manufacture these pieces.
To formalize his education in photography after the years of being mostly self-taught, he studied at the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP), which is renowned as the world’s oldest photography school as it has educated photographers since 1910. By July 2011, Mr. Madamba was chosen to be part of the Nikon Pro elite here in the Philippines. This group of distinguished photographers includes such personalities as Ricky Ladia, Mark Terence Sy, Manny Librodo, and even musician Rico Blanco.
Mr. Madamba is proud to be on the board of trustees of the Cebu City Images Camera Club, which is recognized by the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation and is the oldest camera club in our city. Ted Madamba is also one of the true-blue endorsers of Colours Digital Foto (owned by local businessman Kelly Sancho Uy). He appeared in the company’s advertising displays around SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu.
He doesn’t really have a favorite among the fields of fashion, photojournalism, portraiture, and landscapes but believes that having some background in each of them would complement the others when you are taking photographs. Many of Mr. Madamba’s works have been published in local and national newspapers and internationally circulated magazines. You can see some of Mr. Madamba’s works on his Web site tedmadamba.com and get in touch with him by using the contact form provided on the site.