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Craig Semetko Unposed [Hardcover]

Craig Semetko

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30 Sep 2010
Following in the footsteps of Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt, Craig Semetko is a connoisseur of the spontaneous moment. With a keen eye for serendipity, he captures the offbeat and the unusual to be found all around us. Each of his images intrigues us, yet lets us draw our own conclusions. Although a skilled technical artist, for him the camera is just a tool. To borrow a phrase from Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Photography is nothing--it's life that interests me." Craig Semetko's photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and publications worldwide. As well as being a photographer, he is a comedic actor and writer of note.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Verlag Publishing (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 3832794204
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832794200
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 25.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"spontaneous moments of ordinary lives with a humorous twist"
--(Amateur Photographer, 05/02/2011)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unposed, superb.... 6 Nov 2010
By Stephen D. Barbour - Published on Amazon.com
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Unposed by Craig Semetko, a new classic collection of great black and white candid "street images" in the manner of Erwitt and Cartier-Bresson, by a modern master, whose eye sees all with unflinching acuity and subtle humor.

You will enjoy this collection of images, and you will wnt to share it with many others....

It is an immensely entertaining and rewarding sequence of images for anyone who can smile at the procession of life's events...

you will love it.

Steve Barbour
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Severed Enjoyment 4 Jun 2012
By Zen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great street photography book, displaying funny, memorable moments. Craig Semetko is indeed a modern day combination of Bresson's idea of geometry and Erwitts knack of humour, as can be seen in this book. Surpassing neither masters, the photos in this book shows his own twist while being influenced by his idols.

However, the experience shown in the photos are shortlived as the photos are split in half when it occupies two pages. This creates a void in the middle, leaving the reader unable to fully appreciate his work.

Great photos, bad book layout. I can't recommend this physical copy but it is definitely worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Craig Semetko Sees Very Well 22 Nov 2010
By Robert D. Baron - Published on Amazon.com
'It's not where you look, it's what you see.' Paraphrasing Thoreau, this principle has guided photographers for years. By this collection Craig Semetko shows us he sees very well. It's not as easy as he makes it look. This is a book you'll come back to for lessons in how to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Man and Woman's Art Form 18 Nov 2010
By James R. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
This book of unposed photographs of people taken out on various streets and avenues of the world is obviously homage to Elliott Erwitt, who did the book's brief foreword, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Agtet and the many other photographers who have chosen to wander the streets and byways of wherever they happen to be and people watch.
They do more than just enjoy people watching they take pictures of what they find during their endless strolls. And more than just quick grab shots taken from the hip, they often see arrangements, patterns, juxtapositions and contrasts which if simply photographed individually would not make the same statement as capturing the entire pattern so that others can see the hidden beauty, humor, life statements that the photographer has observed.
Almost all photographers pass through this stage of photography. Some people see more than others. One of the joys of photography is that it can be "Everyman and Every woman's" art form. Everyone loves people watching and everyone sees the world around them in a slightly different way. There are several wonderful examples of seeing more than the surface of a scene in this work. Some of the humor and curiosity results simply from how out-of-place some aspects of a street scene contain. "Soi Cowboy, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007" on page 70-71 of this tome shows a baby elephant strolling through a street market in Bangkok. The picture is fascinating because nobody on the street seems to give the elephant a second glance. Two young women who seem to be dressed in circus costumes are carrying on a conversation with a bored looking female clerk in one of the market stalls. That is a wonderful moment captured on film. Obviously nothing out of the ordinary was occurring in that scene, except for all the endless questions a picture of the scene produces by the photo's viewers.
Another of my favorites in the book was a double-page black and white spread on pages 66-67 taken in San Francisco in 2005. The scene is a men's room and the photograph shows the back of a patron relieving himself in one of the restroom's three urinals. Over the urinals are five life-sized portraits of Marilyn Monroe's upper body and beautiful face. In all the photos she is looking down and laughing at the urinals or their users. The urinal user is looking straight into the sex kitten's face as she closes her eyes. He could lean forward and kiss her on the lips if he was drunk enough.
This earthy restroom decoration makes this powder room a memorable experience for the business's patrons.
This is an interesting collection of photographs by Craig Semetko. It will provide the viewers of this coffee table sized book of black and white photos with some chuckles and smiles and put them in a good mood to go back to work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Funny Unposed 14 Nov 2010
By Sean Enright - Published on Amazon.com
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Semetko's photos are so vivid, so humorous and heart-breaking (often in the same moment), so captivating, that the title UNPOSED almost seems ironic. But they are just that: caught moments of unrehearsed existence, one at at time. Semetk...o's subjects seem to indicate their complicity with the moment the shutter snaps, as if these people too wanted their image preserved, at that instant, in that place of their lives, in that failing or too-bright or perfect light. This is his genius, a human touch that is both light and serious. As he comes so close to another's life, and finds the right depth and light for it, an optical dimension that can frame it with emotional sureness, he then instinctively steps back and lets life resume, before he almost off-handedly makes his photograph, at a respectful distance from the soul, always letting a spontaneous human personality resume.
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