Well known for the way he represents heavy atmospheres, exacerbated solitudes and austerity, Gregory Crewdson elaborates his scenarios and works on his compositions to turn them into scenes of everyday life. He explores a new genre, one that is centered around a representation of a world that denounces the sham of the American ways of life. His photographs showcase to the viewer what lies behind the mask of the American dream, the dark side of the ideal way of life. His photographic scenes, lit with cinema equipment are subject to meticulous preparations and detailed mise en scène. The budgets are colossal, each staging is realized in a studio and directed by the lightning and set designers: each scenery, street, forest, the interior is entirely recreated and the crepuscular effects are artificially recreated.
Gregory Crewdson was born on the 26th of September 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. At an early age, he shows a great interest in small-town America. After studying photography, he obtains his Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University. In 2004 he received the Skowhegan Medal for Photography. Nowadays he is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and by Daniel Templon Gallery in Paris and Bruxelles. On the span of twenty years, Gregory Crewdson has realized six great photographic series inspired by great masters of horror and science fiction such as Edward Hopper, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg and David Lynch.