© Gregory Crewdson
© Gregory Crewdson
© Gregory Crewdson

GREGORY CREWDSON

Gregory Crewdson was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 26 September 1962. His first experience as a photography fan, was at the age of ten when he attended a Diane Arbus retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. At sixteen, he played in a band called the Speedies, whose first single was titled Let Me Take Your Photo. In 1985, he received a B.A. from the State University of New York, where he studied photography with Jan Groover and Laurie Simmons. He graduated with an M.F.A. in photography from Yale University in 1988. For his Graduation project, he took photographic portraits of residents around Lee, Massachusetts, where his family had a cabin. It was also in Lee that later Crewdson conceived his Natural Wonder series (1992–97), in which birds, insects, and mutilated body parts are presented in surreal domestic settings. In his next series, Hover (1995-97), Crewdson turned away from brightly colored close-ups to black and white bird's-eye views of strange situations (a man covering a street with sod, a bear gawked at by onlookers as it rummages through garbage) set in the streets and backyards of Lee. His Twilight series (1998–2001) introduced color again into an enlarged scale, 50 x 60 inches. A surreal formula of cinematic images reminiscent of the films of Steven Spielberg or David Lynch. These recent photographs (works available for sale). have become increasingly spectacular and complex to produce, requiring dozens of assistants, Hollywood-style lighting, and specially crafted stage sets. His work has been shown worldwide, from USA to France and England (1995), Japan (1996), Spain (1999), Germany (2012). Photology has devoted an exhibition+publication (book available for sale) to one of his most successful series Dream House (2008). His photographic works have been included in major group exhibitions such as 20forU.