Gregory Crewdson

The previous entry was dedicated to Erwin Olaf and also some of the painters that influenced his photography. A few weeks ago there was a documentary on television about photographer Gregory Crewdson. To be honest, a name I’d never heard of until then. I watched it with great interest, though. And noticed the similarity with Erwin Olaf’s work. Also their way of working and eye for the smallest detail is very much the same. Not long after I visited the exhibition, I read an interview with Erwin Olaf. Guess what, when he was asked to select 10 photos from 10 photographers he admires, Gregory Crewdson was one of them. Have a look at some of Crewdson’s photographs.

There’s a film called Brief Encounters about Gregory Crewdson and the way he works. Please visit As far as I can see on this site it’s only shown in the US, so the rest of the world has to wait a while. But if you’re in a position to watch it, I certainly advise you to do so. If you’re not, there’s also some material to be found on YouTube. Have a look here.

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2 Responses to Gregory Crewdson

  1. Coincidentally, Gregory Crewdson has been one of my favourite photographers for some time, even though I didn’t know the last two photographs you posted, nor the film. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mia says:

    Having now watched this work from dicertor Ben Shapiro, giving us an insight into one of Americas foremost stills photographers; Gregory Crewdson. I cannot help but compare his work to the late O. Winston Link who shot mostly the steam locomotives and their respective Norfolk line. The photographs are in similie with each other, of course O. Winston Link shot mainly in low conditions to create a dramatic effect with the steam billowing out from a steam locomotive. Crewdson has developed a similar style but I found it ironic that he shot up to fifty plates only to be post edited in photoshop! Why?What is the point of shooting all those scenes for them to be edited in such a fashion; a waste of resources. He doesn’t even take the photograph, it’s the dicertor of photography who actually shoots the frame. Yes I wholly agree the photographs are epic, but never the less, I could have shot that using less resources and natural light.

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