Craig Semetko Unposed Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010
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"spontaneous moments of ordinary lives with a humorous twist"
--(Amateur Photographer, 05/02/2011)
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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.
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.
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.
Trying to not sound overly enthusiastic, which is difficult, -- this is not tepid, lukewarm street photography, every image is one you'll stare at, marveling at how all the elements came together in a precise, perfectly captured, decisive moment.