Technical informations

Artist: Samuel Cueto

Title: 4 boyz

Dimensions 40 x 50 cm

Technique: silver photography

Year 2014

Edition: of 20, signed by the artist

Work signed by the artist and delivered with the certificate of the 193 Gallery.

Also available in format:

- 80 x 120 cm, in edition of 5, at 3000 €.

- 120 x 180 cm, in edition of 5, at 5000 €

About the work and the artist

Samuel Cueto is a lover of Thailand. He went there six times between 2014 and 2016 to make his series of photographs which gave rise to his first major exhibition “City of Smiles” at the Galerie Argentic. His work was also represented at the Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles in 2016 and at the 193 Gallery in 2018.

Mainly taken in the suburbs of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, these photos are far from postcard landscapes: local gangs, traffickers of all kinds, prostitutes, live in another reality, yet a few minutes from heavenly beaches. The photographer pays homage to these marginalized people, to their fragility, to their humanity. These photographs taken in Thailand are those which touch a greater number of visitors and collectors.

Street portraitist, Samuel Cueto has focused his work on the left behind, the invisible people who live far from city centers. Originally from the working-class districts of this “forgotten” France, the photographer logically pays homage to his fellows whom no one seems to pay attention to.

Samuel Cueto also tells us about him through the portraits he takes of people with seemingly chaotic journeys: damaged but authentic beings, and who exert a magnetic beauty on the viewer. While many photographers have tried to capture the world of ghettos and suburbs without getting past the exoticism of safari photography, Samuel Cueto is not afraid to get his hands dirty and show the dirty and grimy backside. Of our society. The photographer crystallizes with his camera our most current issues: acceptance of the other in his difference, his experience, and his origins.

Samuel Cueto - 4 boyz (Thailand)


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