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Crewdson was born September 26, 1962 in Park Slope New York.  When he was a child, his father took him to see a Diane Arbus exhibition at MoMA. This event is said to have shaped his decision to be a photographer.  As a teenager he was part of a punk group called The Speedies, whose hit song ironically titled, "Let me take your photo" was used in a Hewlett Packard commercial in 2005. In the 1980's Crewdson studied photography at SUNY Purchase, later receiving his MFA from Yale University, where today he is a professor.


A major theme in his work is tension between the familiar and the strange. He credits this to the mysterious nature of his father's career studying psychoanalysis. Crewdson's images are very dreamy and spooky while also graceful.  A single image is composited of a series of photos all taken at different exposures, with different things in focus and with different light sources. His work is very cinematographic in its appearance and production. He works with a large crew and scouts locations as if he were shooting a movie. 


He shoots with a Hasselblad Sinar 8x10 camera, so his field of composition is huge. His technique has been compared to that of the French photographer Gustave Le Gray. His extraordinary perception of ordinary situations creates a mood comparable to the stoic natures of the characters in Edward Hopper's paintings.


 


Beneath the Roses is a body of work consisting of twenty large-scale photographs. Crewdson systematically explores the depths of the of the American mind and the subtle disturbances in the occurances of ordinary life.


Detail Image


Gregory Crewdson
Untitled, Summer 2003
Digital C-print
(Man in Woods from Beneath the Roses)
64 1/4 X 94 1/4 inches
(163.2 X 239.4 cm)


Detail Image


Gregory Crewdson
Untitled, Summer 2004
Digital C-print
(backyard romance from Beneath the Roses)
64 1/4 X 94 1/4 inches
(163.2 X 239.4 cm)


 


To view all of Crewdson's work, follow this link:


http://www.luhringaugustine.com/index.php?mode=artists&object_id=66#


 

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