I recently had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with street photographer Craig Semetko in Los Angeles. I met up Craig at a quaint little Coffe Bean in Los Feliz and we had a great chat about street photography and his life story as well. It was fascinating for me to hear that Craig never touched a camera until he was around 40, and that he was a comedic actor and writer for 20 years prior. However one he picked up his Leica, he got obsessed with shooting street photography and has been shooting non-stop the last decade or so. Highly inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, craig recently released his new collection of his street photography titled: “Unposed” which is published by teNeues. Also if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, he is having his opening exhibition at The Phil Stern Gallery Thursday, August 4 at 7pm-11pm.
Read more to see my favorite images from him as well as more information about his gallery!
My favorite street photographs by Craig Semetko
A Video of Craig Semetko Shooting on the Streets
Filmmaker: Konstantin Adenauer of Adenauer Films
Information about his exhibition in LA
The Phil Stern Gallery invites you to the opening reception for Craig Semetko.
Opening Reception and Book Signing 7-11PM.
Early guests receive a complimentary Phil Stern poster of Marilyn Monroe
Craig Semetko’s book UNPOSED will be available for purchase.
‘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…’
‘…he is the essential photographer. That is, the one who sees what others could not have seen.’
Magnum Photographer Elliott Erwitt from his foreword for Craig Semetko’s UNPOSED
‘I’m proud to present Craig as our first featured photographer. Street scenes have become a major subject in the photographic world. He’s one of the best of the genre.’
Phil Stern on Presenting the work of Craig Semetko.
Let me know if you want to go with me to Craig Semetko’s gallery opening. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can all meet up together there!