Smile Politely

Indi Go Gallery upcoming show: “Viewer/voyeur” photography exhibit

Artist Reception
Friday, Nov. 5, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Open Hours:
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov, 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov, 8, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5:30–8:00 p.m.



Craig McMonigal has been a photographer for over 35 years. He received his BFA from Ohio University in 1983, and his MFA from the University of Illinois in 1987. Craig was on the staff at the University of Illinois from 1985 until 2002, and began teaching at Parkland College in 1994.

I have been working with the nude as the primary focus of my images for twenty years. The nude is used as a part of my visual language to create a single-image narrative. The addition of simple props and dramatic lighting in the studio create a stage-like feel, with the viewers very much in evidence. The figure becomes an actor, and the viewer should see a narrative.

The viewer’s presence is integral to the image. At what point is a viewer a voyeur, observing the results of the photographer’s actions and his degree of control over the subject and the view presented? The photographer is, in essence, a voyeur sharing images with the viewer, especially with the nude and its inherent eroticism.




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