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Unposed
Craig Semetko
Unposed
Ed Barnas
Semetko, Amsterdam 2003

Craig Semetko developed an eye for the odd and idiosyncratic while writing and performing comedy and touring. That eye is evident in a number of the thirty “Unposed” black and white street photographs in this exhibit. The photos span several continents over the last decade.

Several of the images are quite humorous: a man at a urinal facing five images of Marilyn Monroe who appears to look/comment at him, two women nonchalantly seated with their heads covered in giant eyeballs; others present parallels: an old man and the statue, a man and the sow, a couple kissing while another looks at a memorial wreath, riverside couples in Hanoi; some are journalistic; first same-sex marriage, a woman on the Hollywood walk of fame, and one is just plain odd: a giant cutout of a baby in a field. Another image of an older woman standing sunbathing facing an apartment building wall reminded me of a photo by Cartier-Bresson of a sunbather in Moscow.

 by unidentified photographer.
Semetko, Bankok 2007

However, there were a few others which to me did not seem to fit in as well with the rest: the couple kissing at the Getty in LA, an elderly couple in Scottsdale, a young woman by a police car, for example. I felt as if these images did not by themselves fully communicate what they were about without some further information being necessary.

Even though I personally preferred more of the images in the Misha Erwitt exhibit that shares the Leica Gallery with Craig’s work, it is well worth taking a look at “Unposed.” (Note that the book from which the exhibit is drawn is also available at the gallery.)

Craig Semetko
Unposed


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