Joe Pugliese Reveals Donald Glover's Every Angle
Donald Glover has proven himself to be one of the most fascinating artists of the last couple years. We’d go so far as to call him the first real Millennial artist. More than enough ink has been spilled over the existence of the Millennial generation, but if there’s one feature that separates the generation from the ones before it is multidisciplinary focus without obsessive self-promotion. Glover went from being a (very young) writer on 30 Rock to starring on Community, to starting his musical career as Childish Gambino, to creating and starring in the Golden Globe Award-winning Atlanta, to being cast as Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Star Wars movie. It’s an exhaustive CV for anyone twice his age and if you’re not paying attention you miss more than half of it. Wired noticed enough to include a feature on the artist and invited Joe Pugliese to photograph a series of portraits for the story.
Joe has been exploring how to display the multifaceted nature of his subjects through his work, bringing everything together into single images. A little over a year ago Joe photographed a handful of creatives for their cover story ‘The New Professors’ that covered the growth of Beats into Apple Music, and a series of figures involved in creative education. Those images utilized shutter speed and color to bring depth and movement, a technique that Joe brought back for this story with Glover but as one part of a variety of techniques to tell the full story of who Glover is.
The story features no fewer than five different photographs of Glover, with the banner image being a portrait that features the same camera movement that Joe used in the aforementioned Wired story. Each subsequent image reveals a different aspect of the artist, and plays with a different side of his creative life. There’s a still moment in the darkness that exudes power, this is the creator, the producer, the visionary. At the very next turn is the next image where Glover is draped in Gucci and Cos, holding an afro pick like a scepter – this is the comedian whose sharp and earnest sense of humor demands an easy laugh and a thoughtful response. In turns we see him tearful, contemplative, clear. It's impossible to distil an entire human into one photo or even a collection of photos, but as Joe has told us before instead of trying to fit someone into one sitting he reveals what he meets, expressing his experience with the subject on film, acting as a proxy for the audience. Joe is our eyes, reflecting who he meets in the edges of the frame. He found a lot with Donald Glover, so he had a lot to show us.