100 top photographers

Gregory Crewdson


PhotoUtopia Intro: It is arguable that photographies advantage as it is, over other art forms is its ability to capture reality, then there is Crewdson; who starting with an empty sound stage, builds highly detailed worlds in which his characters create unfolding narratives. Renown for spending over a million dollars to create just one image, Crewdson’s work can appear overlay contrived and complicated, yet in its essence there is a simplicity to the devices used to create these implied narratives, not so different from those used by Cindy Sherman, or even Francesca Woodman. Although there is something intriguing in the elaborate processes of creating these false worlds, it is the simple narratives that engage me the most.


Gregory Crewdson (born September 26, 1962), is an American photographer who is best known for elaborately staged, surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods.

In the mid 1980s, Crewdson studied photography at SUNY Purchase, near Port Chester, NY. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence, Cooper Union, Vassar College, and Yale University where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He is now a professor at Yale University of the Arts.

Crewdson is represented in London at White Cube.

Official Site: http://www.whitecube.com/artists/crewdson/
Other site: http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/gregory_crewdson/
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