Gregory Crewdson Movie

- - Photographers

Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus.

A film by Ben Shapiro.


thx, Steve Skoll

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  1. “it is incredible to see how much work is behind each shot and how many people are involved!”

    Looks just like a small movie/TV production/ ad shoot set : gaffers, grips, best boy, special effects department, casting, wardrobe, hair and make up stylists, security, director’s assistant, camera operator, producer, production assistant catering and craft services too.

    The only difference is that the Director is also the DP and screenwriter.

      • So is everyone who writes and directs. Whether they make art you or I enjoy or can connect with is is a different question, and whether the art any artist makes make has real lasting value is another.

        Whether you see the end product of a set of creative labors as being art is a matter for each of us to resolve internally.

        I’m not knocking Crewdson’s photographs. I rather enjoy lookign at them them and also enjoy the idea that someone is able to dream up, finance, produce and stage these massive productions. I don’t think what he does (to roughly paraphrase a woman in the film’s trailer) is “redefining what photography is” is objectively true but hey a little art world hype never hurts anyone.

        • Actually most writers and directors are either craftsmen or tradesmen, very few are artists. Same with photographers.

          The difference is the intent.

          Go ask a few and see how many call themselves artists.

          • I know very few writers , directors or photographers – including myself – who call themselves “artist.” Same with the painters, musicians, dancers, composers and sculptors I know. And all of the above say that it is the work that counts, not what you call yourself.

            Those I’ve met that do call themselves “artists” I generally don’t want to know.

            But we all like being thought of as artists by others as long as the word isn’t being hurled as a pejorative epithet.

            • Most won’t call themselves artists because they know the original intent behind their work.

              (You’ve clearly demonstrated a secondary reason: many are afraid of derision. Was it their work or their personalities that made you “not want to know them?”)

              There are many highly skilled photographers who are not artists. That’s not a bad thing.

  2. I remember being in the library and on my way to study for an economics exam. Passing through the shelves of magazines, I grabbed an issue of PDN and that was probably one of the first encounters I had with Crewdson’s work.

    His imagery resonates with me today as it did… not too long ago. In my mind, he’s one of the few art photographers that creates images that say something about himself personally rather than as an artist.

    Anyway, always looking forward to your next post!