Gregory Crewdson, born in 1962, is an American photographer. True to his creative flair, Crewdson was inspired to take photographs after performing the song ‘Let Me Take Your Photo’ in a punk band that he was part of in his youth. He is now well-known in the art world, and his photographs of small, American towns can be distinguished by their peculiarities, in both content and style. In combining pieces of both theatre and visual art, Crewdson’s photographs depict still subjects within ordinary scenes, yet the lighting used portrays a dream-like and cinematic composition. The subjects are often set within American neighbourhoods, sat still around a table or eerily looking out towards suburban houses.
Gregory Crewdson depicts his desire to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, using the equipment and techniques of the movie industry to create what he has called ‘frozen moments’. In 1962, this was captured in his transformation of an American suburb into a set. In this sense, his photographic style resembles the process of filmmaking and by enhancing the mysterious nature of his images with special effects, Crewdson manipulates scenes and visually narrates danger. Crewdson’s name and works have been seen and heard across the globe, with his recent works like ‘In a Lonely Place’ being exhibited in galleries across Europe, New Zealand and Australia.