26th April 2017

Posters of the Belle Époque

This is the keystone lecture of the Poster Series relating the technical innovation combined with creative genius and remarkable craftsmanship that enabled the Poster to become the world’s first effective method of mass communication. From ‘Les Chats’ by Edouard Manet to ‘Saxoleine’ by Jules Cheret and ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Divan Japonais’ by Toulouse-Lautrec, you’ll see inspirational work by generations of superb artists who made the poster great: magnificent Mucha, socially-conscious Steinlen, and many more. Learn how an effective poster is designed and how it plays on the mind; and why most posters today go unnoticed.

Charles Harris

Charles Harris was an award-winning Creative Director of international advertising agencies. He has lectured extensively on design, illustration and photographic styles as they have influenced the building of brands and this lecture focuses on the role of posters and poster artists in the history of advertising. Charles has himself created posters for major brands including British Airways, Nestlé, Sony, General Motors and Shell. His travel writing and photography has appeared in various airline publications as well as Time Magazine. He has also written and produced several hundred TV and Radio commercials and corporate video programmes. He is a member of Winchester DFAS.