Poster Museum Exhibit to Open April 24


Photograph titled "Ducks" that is among the images of Steven Poster to be exhibited

A photograph titled “Ducks” is among the images of Steven Poster to be exhibited.


April 17, 2009 – An exhibit titled “Around the Edges: Photographs of Steven Poster,” will open April 24 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, April 24, from 4-6 p.m.  A film screening of Poster’s recent feature film “Southland Tales” will be shown at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through June 14.

Having practiced as a photographer for most of his life, Steven Poster uses composition and light to focus on details to bring the viewer closer to his subjects.  While the eye is meant to freeze the image and then pour over details in a straight photograph, the eye in Poster’s photographs appears to have license to roam, to move in lazy saccades across the image, to see it one way, then to see it another way.  Many of Poster’s photographs are taken in urban spaces, but find a way to circumvent the impersonal nature of so much urban photography.  Poster has also wandered into the world of small town America, that citadel of folk feeling so well documented by Walker Evans, William Cristenberry and Lee Friedlander.  Poster comes to town not to document dying traditions, but to meet people and pay attention to people as they momentarily and inadvertently reveal their secret selves in public.  Poster has also made a living as a cinematographer.  The overlap between the cinematographic and the photographic art may also explain the special quality inherent in his photographs.

Poster is perhaps known for his long professional history as a leading cinematographer for the Hollywood studios.  He has worked on major motion pictures such as “Blade Runner” and “Donny Darko” to recent releases, “The Box” and “Spread,” and extensively in television and music videos, although it is Poster’s still photography that he has been faithful to for over 40 years.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is sponsoring this exhibition. The exhibition was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.  Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information on this event, contact the Crisp Museum at (573) 651-2260, or visit