This social documentary series of un-posed shots examines the inherit anxiety of social events, focusing on the complexity of human behavior and our sometimes coded and ritual interactions.


Sue Moberg

Exhibit Dates

Friday, June 5 –  Wednesday, July 1

Gallery Location & Hours

Coe Camera Gallery
220 North Prince Street
Lancaster, PA   17601

Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm
Sat – 10am-2pm

Extended hours on Frist Fridays 10am-9pm

Artist Statement

“From an early age, I dreaded holiday family get-togethers.  Spending an entire day stiffly dressed in strange clothing, balancing food and drink while simultaneously making small talk proved inevitably exhausting.  The more formal the event, the more amped up it became.  Advance preparations were required, orders barked, and directions given.  Elbows somehow sharpened in the buffet line.  Curious, I became an inveterate people watcher.  Photographing at such social events – weddings and birthday celebrations; parades and street fairs – allowed me to participate in while focusing on the complexity of human behavior – our coded, ritual interactions – with an acute appreciation for the anxiety of childhood.

SUMO_008So when people ask me what I take pictures “of” … I always hesitate … I am not a portrait photographer tho’ I do photograph people.  Shot on T-Max 3200 film, unposed, under existing, sometimes difficult lighting situations, social documentary seems the most accurate label for my photos: they are ‘about.'”

 – Sue Moberg

Exhibited at the State Museum of PA; was included in an exhibit “Familiar Relations” (The Center for Photography at Woodstock) which traveled within the states and subsequently to Great Britain; was juried into “Pennsylvania Photographers 8” and 9” at the Allentown Museum; won multiple awards including 1st place at the Mayfair Festival in Allentown and Best in Show at LSAF “Photographic Visions”