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GREGORY CREWDSON
[b. 1962] American photographer
Every artist has a central story to tell, and the difficulty, the impossible task, is trying to present that story in pictures. - Gregory Crewdson

It's very hard to describe what I'm looking for - something that feels both familiar and strange at the same time. - Gregory Crewdson

All pictures are autobiographical, yet they’re telling us everything and nothing about the photographer. - Gregory Crewdson

... I’m interested in using the iconography of nature and the American landscape as surrogates or metaphors for psychological anxiety, fear or desire. - Gregory Crewdson

Photography is a lonely endeavor, and I think all photographers are in one way or another drawn to the medium by kind of an alienated viewpoint. - Gregory Crewdson

… in this age of Instagram, and pictures on cell phones, and social media, it’s a real challenge to think of the photograph still meaning something important. - Gregory Crewdson

My pictures must first be beautiful, but that beauty is not enough. I strive to convey an underlying edge of anxiety, of isolation, of fear. - Gregory Crewdson

…the photograph is still and frozen. From day one, I have been interested in taking that limitation and trying to find the strength in it—like a story that is forever frozen in between moments, before and after, and always left as a kind of unresolved question. - Gregory Crewdson

Originally, one of the reasons I was drawn to photography, as opposed to painting or sculpture or installation, is that of all the arts it is the most democratic, in so far as it’s instantly readable and accessible to our culture. Photography is how we move information back and forth. - Gregory Crewdson

My pictures are about everyday life combined with theatrical effect. I want them to feel outside of time, to take something routine and make it irrational. I’m always looking for a small moment that is a revelation. - Gregory Crewdson

All my pictures are very voyeuristic, but ultimately I’m looking at what lurks in my own interior. I make photographs because I want to answer the question of what propels me to do the things that I do. But that always remains a mystery. - Gregory Crewdson

I think my pictures are really about a kind of tension between my need to make a perfect picture and the impossibility of doing so. Something always fails, there’s always a problem, and photography fails in a certain sense… This is what drives you to the next picture. - Gregory Crewdson

My first impulse is to make the most beautiful picture I can. But then I’m always interested in this idea of a kind of undercurrent in the work… I’m very interested in the uncanny and a way to find something mysterious or terrible within everyday life. - Gregory Crewdson

There isn’t a picture that was ever made that doesn’t speak about mortality in some way. - Gregory Crewdson

The reason I teach is because it’s a privileged atmosphere, where you can talk about photographs in a place where the people really care about them. That’s rare and unusual. - Gregory Crewdson

The suburban landscape is alien and strange and exotic. I photograph it out of longing and desire. My photographs are also about repression and internal angst. - Gregory Crewdson

What I’m after, what I’ve always been after is a picture that tells a story. I see it all in my head beforehand, and I set out obsessively—maybe even narcissistically—to make it. Very little is improvised in the end, though I am open to serendipity in some details. In part I see what I am doing as exploring the American psyche through the American vernacular landscape, much as Hopper did. - Gregory Crewdson

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