Samuel Cueto is a Spanish-Algerian artist born in 1977.
After having learned the ropes in the world of free fight and hip hop with the band 2 Trépides, Samuel Cueto gradually switched to film photography on the photographer Armen Djerrahian advice "When you take digital photos you make pictures, when you make film, you take pictures."
Street portrait artist, Samuel Cueto has concentrated his work on the soial outcast, the invisible who live far from city centers. Originally from the working-class area of this "forgotten" France, the photographer logically pays tribute to his fellows, of whom no one seems to care anymore.
Samuel Cueto reflects himself through portraits he takes of people with apparently chaotic journeys: damaged but authentic beings, who exert a magnetic beauty on the spectator. While many photographers have tried to capture the world of ghettos and suburbs without succeeding in going beyond the exoticism of safari photography, Samuel Cueto is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and showing 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.
After a first exhibition in 2016 at the Argentic Gallery devoted to his “Thai” work which will be presented in Arles, Samuel Cueto returns in 2018 to the 193 Gallery with the exhibition “The forgotten ones” which highlights his most beautiful photos from Thailand, India and Senegal, taken between 2014 and 2018.
SOLO & GROUP SHOW
FOTOFEVER, Paris, FR
URBAN ART FAIR, Paris, FR
Les Oubliés, 193 Gallery, Paris, FR
Samuel Cueto, Galerie Argentic, Paris, FR
From Tokyo to Puerto Rico, 193 Gallery, Paris, FR
Humaniste un jour, humaniste toujours ! Voies off : Arles, Galerie Argentic, Arles, FR
FESTIVAL ARGENTIK PHOTO, Champtoceaux / Orée d’Anjou, FR
Atelier-Workshop à CE3P École de photographie