Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson

Crewdson on location in Pittsfield, MA July 25, 2007
Born (1962-09-26) September 26, 1962
Brooklyn, New York
Education Brooklyn Friends; John Dewey High School; SUNY Purchase, BA, 1985; Yale University, MFA, 1988
Occupation Fine-art photographer, Landscape photographer, Professor
Employer Yale University School of Art
Agent Gagosian Gallery
Style American realist landscape photography
Home town Park Slope, Brooklyn
Board member of MASS MoCA
Awards Skowhegan Medal for Photography, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship

Gregory Crewdson (born September 26, 1962) is an American photographer. He photographs tableaux[1] of American homes and neighborhoods.

Life and career

Crewdson in 2007

Crewdson was born in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He attended John Dewey High School, graduating early.

As a teenager, he was part of a punk rock group called The Speedies that hit the New York scene. Their song, "Let Me Take Your Photo" proved to be prophetic to Crewdson's future career. In 2005, Hewlett Packard used the song in advertisements to promote its digital cameras.

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 the Yale University School of Art.[2][3] In 2012, he was the subject of the feature documentary film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.[4]

Crewdson is represented by Gagosian Gallery worldwide and by White Cube Gallery in London.[5]


Untitled photo from Crewdson's series Beneath the Roses (2003–2005)

Crewdson's photographs usually take place in small-town America, but are dramatic and cinematic.[6] They feature often disturbing, surreal events. His photographs are elaborately staged and lit using crews familiar with motion picture production and lighting large scenes using motion picture film equipment and techniques.[7] He has cited the films Vertigo, The Night of the Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style,[8] as well as the painter Edward Hopper[9] and photographer Diane Arbus.[10]


Photography books


  1. Campany, David (2008). Photography and cinema. Reaktion Books. pp. 140–. ISBN 978-1-86189-351-2.
  2. Gregory Crewdson Biography. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  3. Yale University School of Art: Gregory Crewdson. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  4. Shapiro, Ben. "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, official site". Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters official site. Ben Shapiro Productions. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  5. Warren, Lynne (ed.) (2005). Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Routledge. ISBN 1-57958-393-8.
  6. Kitamura, Katie. "Gregory Crewdson". Frieze. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  7. "Gregory Crewdson". V&A. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  8. "Five in Focus: Gregory Crewdson's Five Favorite Films". Focus Features. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  9. Gregory, Crewdson. "Aesthetics of Alienation". Tate Etc. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  10. "Gregory Crewdson". White Cube. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  11. ""Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place" at Det Kongelige bibliotek". Retrieved 28 Dec 2011.
  12. ""Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place" at C/O Berlin". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
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