Craig Semetko gives you India, Unposed and candid. The American Photographer living in Los Angeles was born and raised in Detroit and started working as a comedy writer and performer just after graduation. Although his romance with the optical instrument began much after.
His exhibition, India Unposed ongoing at the Vadehra art Gallery captures the humour and irony on the Indian streets. He also released a photo-book by the same name in the US in April last year. Over 40 black-and-white photos show India through his eyes.
We connected with him to know more about his work and his three-month long trip
Court is an unflinchingly honest account of what transpires within the Indian courtrooms. Narayan Kamble, an aged social activist—a ‘people’s poet’—is hauled into court when he’s charged of provoking a sewage laborer to commit suicide by leaping into a manhole (sans safety gear) after listening to one of his ballads. As the film progresses, we’re introduced to the archaic laws and the debilitating dysfunctionalities that exist within the judicial system—the judge refusing to use logic over carrying out outdated procedures; the court’s compassionless demeanor towards an individual with no clout; the sleep-inducing elephantine protocols and hearings—all intelligently converge to comment
Mimi’s Gelato, New Delhi
Exploring a whole new range of flavours, Mimi’s Gelato has redefined the concept of gelato with a fun twist. Kickstarted in January this year by Akshat Goel, a New Delhibased entrepreneur, the gelato is made using the method of molecular gastronomy. The name ‘Mimi’ is a tribute to the grandmother of a friend back in Paris who inspired the recipes. Apart from the delicious unique flavours they have to offer, Mimi’s Gelato gives you the freedom to make custommade flavours (from the bases and toppings provided) to even naming your own creation. Their most sought-after concoctions
Everyday Words and Love Songs
‘The fringe characters are often as important as the ones in the lead in the Marquezian world of Goan brass bands. There is a cat, for instance, whose breakfast comprises of a few old pages of sheet music and a pet crow that repeatedly pokes his beak into a pocket trumpet. But it was the players themselves who intrigued me to listen beyond their immediate worlds, to see beyond their songs. An old man caresses his rusty trombone while he narrates stories of the ‘50s when he played drums for the active cabaret scene in Bombay;
The Designer: Accessory designer Kanika Sachdeva started with the basics. After wrapping up school, she enrolled herself at The National Institute of Fashion Technology where she learnt about the different aspects of the fashion world and the dynamics of the craft. She later applied for a Masters in Design & Atelier from University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, where she explored the field even further. In 2013, after a brief stint at working with London based designers, Anya Sushko and Rachel Freire, an experience that equipped her with immense skill and knowledge of running a brand, Kanika established Square Loop,
Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past
‘My process with photography always implies a challenge of verification. The series, Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past involved a pilgrimage from house to house, much like the path adopted by an investigator to look for clues. But I didn’t want to verify anything. My search is not to uncover, but to record. My clues lay hidden in the two-dimensional results of my efforts, which become objects of a bigger puzzle, that are more universal, more transcendent and speak to each viewer in a different way, as photographs should. The obvious, the hidden and the domestic are elements that I like
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What are the three essential details you would advise young cinematographers to look at before starting a film?
1) Love the material—if it doesn’t excite you, it will show.
2) Understand what your director wants and how you can serve the story. There is no ego in a good collaboration.
3) Embrace your fears and listen to your instincts.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
We used three cameras all the time on Show Me a Hero, which was quite intense and a lighting/management challenge. I had to light spaces to be able to shoot 360 degrees. That was a challenge in itself. But I loved it, and my very ‘natural’ lighting style was well suited for such a task.
What genre of film do you find most fun to work on?
Any film where the energy of the group is harnessed to make something better than one could have made on his/her own.
In the recent times, which film blew your mind in terms of cinematography?
Ida, the Polish film by Pawel Pawlikowski.