Photographers

Gregory Crewdson
American photographer

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Gregory Crewdson “ is born in September 26, 1962 at Park Slope, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. As a teenager was part of a punk rock group called The Speedies that hit the New York scene referencing Preston North End in many of their songs. .
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. .

His photographic scenes are the subject of a meticulous development, of a scene direction. The budgets are enormous because the scenes directions either are made in studio where the streets, wood, the interiors are entirely reconstituted or or are made outside where Gregory Crewdson seeks ordinary, rural places like Pittsfield Massachusetts and Lee. .
Moreover, during 20 years, he will work in these small towns of New England. In some cases, an additional lighting and effects are used to improve one natural moment of the twilight. In others, the effect of the twilight is entirely created artificially. .

The preparation of these scenes are made by an army of decorators, make-up men, lighting engineers and designers. More or less known actors play of the ghostly characters to the diaphanous dye and the glance absent in the scenes. .

The spectator is like in a film scene, where a history is in started but nothing is included/understood because the beginning was missed. T he image which is presented is that of a loneliness collected at the time of its greater intensity. The character with is crossroads. .

In twenty years, Grégory Crewdson carried out six great photographic series which are influenced by Edward Hopper for painting; Jeff Wall for photography and the American documentary tradition; Stephen King for the literature; Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Wes Anderson and science fiction and horror films for the cinéma.".






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