Steven Poster: Photography Exhibition: February 11th-April 2nd, 2011

MAINSITE Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of work by photographer Steven Poster.
Exhibition Dates: February 11th, 2011- April 2nd, 2011. Opening reception Friday February 11th, 2011, 6-10pm.
Midway reception Friday March 11th, 6-10pm.

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MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Steven Poster Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: February 11th, 2011- April 2nd, 2011. Opening reception Friday February 11th, 2011, 6-10pm.
Midway reception Friday March 11th, 6-10pm.
STEVEN POSTER (Director of Photography) has been fascinated with the art and science of capturing images since the age of ten. Beginning with still photography, he knew he wanted to make movies by the time he was fourteen.

Poster is current president of the International Cinematographers Guild, a 6000-member trade union representing camera workers and film publicists. Formerly a member of the executive board of the International Documentary Association, he is on the committee of the Nicholl Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Poster is also a board member of “Craft In America.”

During his tenure as ASC president, Poster was responsible for reforming its technology committee, at the forefront in standard-setting recommendations for the use of digital tools and the post-production control of images. He continues to act as committee co-chair. His involvement in motion picture digital technology dates back to 1990, when he was asked to experiment with one of the first High-Definition television systems for NHK Television in Japan.

Poster began his education at Southern Illinois University in a special program conceived by Buckminster Fuller, later transferring to Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. He graduated from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was greatly influenced by the Bauhaus philosophy of form following function. Poster’s current body of work focuses on the texture of life captured directly in black and white.

Poster said of his work;
“For the past forty years, these photographs have concentrated on speficic places and people in distinct social settings. These images are moments of connection with the subject, a recognition of our common humanity. At the same time, there is irony and humor in much of this work, in counterpoint with the alienation and sadness that are a part of everyday life.”

Poster considers the photographs as a way to break that isolation and his working methods are intuitive.
“When something seen is worth shooting, the camera is automatically raised to the eye and the settings for focus and exposure are almost simultaneously finished. This set of actions seems at the best of times to be a completely automatic, unconscious act. The camera becomes an extension of the body, allowing unconscious meanings of the moment to be revealed, beyond the surface impression. The abstract qualities of the images’ composition are crucial to their emotional impact. ”

Poster uses a rangefinder camera and black and white film because the camera’s direct viewing of the subject and allows for more of an emotional connection and film types Tri-X and then 3200 Tmax, have strong tonal contrast with significant grain–the latter having increased texture and sensitivity in darker situations. Digital enlargement allows for the grain to be present and sharp, even in large-scale images. Steven Poster took these photos hoping to capture his feeling for humanity, and convey his love and respect for his subjects. He wants the viewer to experience directly the personal journey that resulted in these pictures, with their sense of poetry and timelessness.

Poster launched his cinematography career at 21, filming commercials, cinema verite documentaries and industrial films. Segueing to features, he served as second unit director of photography on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner.” As director of photography, he shot a wide variety of films, including “Stuart Little 2,” “Daddy Day Care,” “Rocky V,” “The Cemetery Club,” “Life Stinks,” “Opportunity Knocks,” “Next of Kin,” “Big Top Pee-wee” and “Testament.” He received an American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award nomination for Best Cinematography for Ridley Scott’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and has the distinction of being the only American cinematographer to shoot a French language film in France, “Une Chance sur Deux,” for director Patrice Leconte.

Poster filmed “The Box” for director Richard Kelly, the third in a collaboration which began on Kelly’s cult favorite “Donnie Darko” and continued with “Southland Tales.” He shot the drama “Spread,” directed by David Mackenzie and starring Ashton Kutcher, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Poster’s most recent movie to hit the screen in 3D last summer was “Cat’s and Dogs – The Revenge of Kitty Galore” directed by Brad Peyton. Poster’s latest project was the movie “Flypaper,” staring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd for director Rob Minko. In addition to numerous pilots, Poster served as cinematographer on the Emmy-nominated “Mrs. Harris” and such critically acclaimed television movies as “Roswell,” “Color of Justice” and “Courage,” as well as the controversial, award-winning Madonna video “Like a Prayer.”