Gregory Crewdson


Gregory Crewdson is an American photographer. He photographs tableaux of American homes and neighbourhoods.

Crewdson’s photographs usually take place in small-town America, but are dramatic and cinematic. 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. He has cited the films VertigoThe Night of the HunterClose Encounters of the Third KindBlue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style, as well as the painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.

  • Through interviews research how psychoanalysis and the realm of the unconscious have influenced Gregory Crewdson. 
  • How do you think the isolated figures in Crewdon’s imagery are supposed to be read? Is there an alternative reading to the obvious ones?
  • Crewdson’s images are often described as ‘filmic’ but what do we mean by this term?
  • How is narrative articulated in Crewdson’s work? Do you think these images depict the beginning, middle or end of a narrative?
  • Describe a story behind a Crewdson image of your choice.
  • Plan and construct an image, in the style of Crewdson, entitled ‘the Departure.’ Consider the props, location, time of day and model choice in your decision making about this image.