SAMUEL CUETO

FRANCE

Samuel Cueto and the invisible

After learning his trade in the world of free-fighting and hip-hop, Samuel Cueto gradually switched to film photography on the advice of photographer Armen Djerrahian: "When you take digital photos, you take images, when you take film photos, you take photos.


As a street portraitist, Samuel Cueto has focused his work on those left behind, the invisible ones who live far from the city centres. Coming from the working class neighbourhoods of this "forgotten" France, the photographer logically pays homage to his fellow human beings whom no one seems to pay attention to anymore.


Samuel Cueto also speaks to us about himself through the portraits he takes of people with seemingly chaotic backgrounds: damaged but authentic people who exert a magnetic beauty on the viewer. While many photographers have tried to capture the world of the ghettos and suburbs without succeeding in going beyond the exoticism of safari photography, Samuel Cueto is not afraid to get his hands dirty and show the dirty and grimy underside of our society.


With his camera, the photographer crystallizes our most current problems: acceptance of the other in his difference, his experience, and his origins.


After a first exhibition in 2016 at the Argentic Gallery dedicated to his "Thai" work, which was then presented in Arles, Samuel Cueto returns in 2018 to the 193 Gallery with the exhibition "The Forgotten" which highlights his most beautiful photos from Thailand, India and Senegal, taken between 2014 and 2018.

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