As a teenager, he was part of a punk rock group called The Speedies that hit the New York scene in selling out shows all over town. Their hit song “Let Me Take Your Photo” proved to be prophetic to what Crewdson would become later in life. 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. In 2012, he was the subject of the feature documentary film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.
Gregory Crewdson’s photographs usually take place in small town America, but are dramatic and cinematic. They feature often disturbing, surreal events. The photographs are shot using a large crew, and are elaborately staged and lit. 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, as well as the painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.
What I enjoy about Crewdson’s work is that he builds sets just to photograph, he is inspired by old sci-fi films and Edward Hopper (painter) which are obvious influences in his photographs. His photographs look more like stills from a movie than an actual photograph, some even look like paintings (ie:Edward Hopper influence) . They are breathtakingly beautiful and extremely thought provoking, don’t believe me? check out the images below:
and also check out the website and trailer for his documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters at: www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com/