Unposed America : by Craig Semetko (Hardcover)
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Leica Camera Ambassador Craig Semetko returns with a new installment in an award-winning series, featuring striking imagery that takes the pulse of contemporary America.
Inspired by photography legends Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Elliott Erwitt, Craig Semetko is a collector of the spontaneous moment. With an uncanny knack for using Leica Cameras to capture the beautiful and unexpected that surrounds us all, Semetko offers a probing and arresting follow-up to his “Unposed” series.
Semetko took up his camera with the intent of capturing the strife, civil discourse, and polarization across America. He spent two years photographing every major region of the country. As his photographic journey progressed, America Unposed unfolded into a unique visual narrative inspired by the de facto national motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” which is Latin for “out of many, one.” According to Semetko, “Even though we are very different with enormous diversity in ethnicity, education, and wealth, my hope is to show that out of the many, we are still one—each of us an American.”
Taking the pulse of today’s America, Semetko continues to craft his vision for what it means to live in such a large, perplexing country, one filled with countless examples of difficult circumstances and unquestionable beauty. America Unposed is both a testament to a true artist’s pursuit of capturing his vision and the result of a masterful technician dubbed by Esquire magazine as “a noble torchbearer” of the Leica Camera legacy.
About the Author
Leica Camera Ambassador Craig Semetko is an American photographer focusing on authentic human experience. Born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, and based in Los Angeles, 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’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and numerous other publications worldwide.