The joy is in the details: Recreating Lennon’s poster

Posted by    |    October 17th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Being a fan of a band can be a source of great inspiration. Your love of a certain group’s music and band members can lead you to want to play music, paint, dance or even be politically active. In the case of Peter Dean his love for the Beatles, and in particular a photograph of John Lennon standing next to the old victorian circus poster that inspired him to write “Being for the Benefit of Mr.Kite”, inspired him to take a creative journey and recreate Lennon’s poster.  Rather than use modern technology to complete his endeavor he employed the talents of  a wood engraving artist and a traditional printer.

The process was time consuming and tedious but the results are amazing and worth every moment spent perfecting every detail. The dedication to craftsmanship is apparent in how the replica poster looks exactly like the original, except maybe a little newer and crisper. One of the things I really enjoy about this short film is that seeing the process they went through to authentically recreate this poster made me think of what it must have been like to have an event poster made back in the Victorian era and how intensive the production process must have been. Can you imagine going through the process of creating a wood engraving, finding and setting typefaces and finally printing dozens of posters on a Victorian printing press for events like the circus or the performance of a famous opera singer?

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