Street Photography workshop with Craig Semetko
"When I see something that amuses me or moves me, I just click. I’m trying to provide the elements of an interesting story in a single well-composed frame, but of course I’m not consciously thinking of that when I take the picture. In fact, I try not to think at all. Thinking constipates things.”
This workshop experience provides the ideal opportunity to hear the stories behind Semetko’s images and learn, first hand, his techniques and approach to “getting lucky.” A true master at capturing the offbeat and unusual moments found in everyday life, Semetko has been called a “connoisseur of the spontaneous moment.” His talent for capturing real unposed moments is only matched by his willingness to share his creative process and approach to finding pictures with others, making him a favorite among Leica Akademie students.
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 was one of 10 photographers chosen worldwide by Leica Camera to be a part of its "10x10" exhibition celebrating 100 years of Leica photography.
A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Semetko currently resides in Los Angeles. He teaches workshops regularly for the Leica Akademie worldwide and his photographs can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Saturday, April 28th 10.00: Morning session in studio
Overview of the day with an introductory explanation of Craig approach to street photography. View of a selection of Craig’s with commentary. Getting the intended mood right at the time of capture. Pre-visualising the end result with a focus on street photography and portraiture. Morning session will end at around 13.00.
Saturday, April 28th 14.30: Afternoon session shooting
Shooting until 6.30pm. This session will be an opportunity to put into practice what was discussed in the morning. Craig will work with everyone individually over the course of the afternoon.
Sunday, April 29th 10.00: Morning session shooting
Shooting until 13.00. Keep on practicing with what discussed the day before. Craig will again work with everyone individually over the course of the morning.
Sunday, April 29th 14.30: Afternoon session in studio
Review of participant’s photographs (total of five images) taken during the shooting sessions, and/or a selection (five images) from pre existing work if preferred. Group will spend time editing their images. Craig will work with everyone in turn on this. Advice on getting work with a black and white portfolio. Workshop will end at around 17.00.
Location: SPAZIO EDIT, Via Maroncelli 14, 20154 Milano
Workshop is open to a maximum of 15 participants.
Workshop will be in English, no translation service offered.
All participants can ask for a free hire of a Leica M, Q or CL camera (upon availability) for the duration of the workshop. Please bring an adequate number of SD cards.
A laptop computer or a tablet is needed for editing and post processing during Sunday studio session.