Thursday, December 8, 2016

Joseph Podlesnik Poster | Emily Brown 2016

Joseph Podlesnik Poster © Emily Brown •
Above Poster by Emily Brown, graphic design student, Department of Art, University of Northern Iowa, in celebration of the photographs of Joseph Podlesnik. An artist, photographer, and filmmaker (BFA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MFA Cornell University), he is associate professor and lead faculty for foundations at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In 2016, he received the Inez Hall Outstanding Faculty Award. He lives in Phoenix AZ.

Podlesnik's photographs (reproduced with his permission from Almost Seeing) are of particular interest because (despite appearances) they were not constructed in Adobe Photoshop by sandwiching multiple layers. Nor are they double exposures. They are simply single frame, through the lens camera shots, by which he makes astonishing use of light, shadow and reflections.


John Aubrey, in Ruth Scurr (ed.), John Aubrey: My Own Life. London: Vintage, 2015, pp. 376-377 and 379—

July 1690
Mr. Wood [British antiquarian Anthony à Wood] sends me so many queries. I trouble myself to find the answers for him, despite the troubles that press upon me. I desire to give Mr. Wood my watch, which was a gift from the Earl of Pembroke, to remember me by. I will be my own executor and send it to him as soon as the watchmaker has finished mending it.


April 1691
Mr. Wood has complained that the watch I gave him does not work well, but it kept time indifferently when I had it. The days of the month were always faulty but that isn't worth a chip. I have told him that if he has it mended he should do so in London rather than Oxford. I believe it cost at least 10 li. [pounds] when the Earl of Pembroke bought it for me.

• Photograph used in poster copyright ©Joseph Podlesnik. All rights reserved.