Steven Poster, ASC – “Street Photographer”
BY BOB FISHER
An exhibition of still photography by Steven Poster, ASC is on display at Wisconsin Union Galleries at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wisconsin. The exhibition is a retrospective of 40 years of what Poster describes as “street photography.” The still photography exhibit has traveled from Los Angeles to New York, Oklahoma, Illinois and Georgia. It will be on display in Madison until March 9.
Poster was born and raised in Chicago. When he was 10 years old, the father of one of his friends had a dark room, including a home-made enlarger, in their home.
Poster was fascinated. Was it a happy accident or destiny calling? “I don’t know if that is what turned me into a photo enthusiast, but it made a deep impression,” he recalls. “My parents gave a little Brownie camera, and by the time I was 12, I decided that photography was going to be my life. I saved enough money to buy a Rolliflex. It was always with me, and I was always taking pictures. My high school principal called me Flash.”
When Poster was 14 years old, Morrie Bleckman, a CBS television news cameraman, became his next door neighbor. That sparked his interest in telling stories with moving images. Poster honed his talent while studying at Southern Illinois University, the Chicago Institute of Design and the Art Center of Design in Pasadena.
He has earned some 50 long form narrative credits, including such memorable films as The Boy Who Could Fly, Someone to Watch Over Me, Big Top Pee Wee, Rocky 5, Stuart Little 2, Donnie Darko, Southland Tales and The Box. Next on the agenda is the upcoming release of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 3-D. Poster was president of the American Society of Cinematographers in 2003-04, and he currently serves as president of the International Guild of Cinematographers. Stay tuned for news about his future photography exhibits.