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Artist Meet-and-Greet and Book Signing: Craig Semetko

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Artist Meet-and-Greet and Book Signing
Craig Semetko
Author of UNPOSED and India UNPOSED

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.

About India UNPOSED:
Continuing in the candid style of his first book UNPOSED, Craig Semetko has produced another stunning collection of spontaneous moments. INDIA UNPOSED is filled with Semetko’s signature humor, as well as moments of intense drama and poignancy.

About the Artist:
Craig Semetko is an American photographer focusing on authentic human experience. Born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, Semetko became a professional comedy writer and performer after college and years later discovered photography as another means of storytelling. His comedic background has given him a highly developed sense of the absurd and ironic, resulting in a strong theme of humor throughout his work. In his foreword for Semetko's book UNPOSED, Magnum Photos photographer Elliott Erwitt writes, "Good photographs are tough enough to shoot. Really funny ones are even harder. Good and funny photographs observed in nature not arranged or manipulated but simply observed in real time with amazing consistency, constitute a minor miracle now presented in Mr. Semetko's book...In my book he is the essential photographer. That is, the one who sees what others could not have seen."

Semetko traveled throughout India in the fall of 2014, shooting for a major exhibition celebrating Leica Camera's 100th year anniversary. The show coincided with the opening of the new Leica facility known as Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany in May, 2014. Semetko's travels in India have resulted in his new book INDIA UNPOSED.

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