Gregory Crewdson’s photographs have entered the American visual lexicon, taking their place alongside the paintings of Edward Hopper and the films of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch as indelible evocations of a silent psychological interzone between the everyday and the uncanny. Often working with a large team, Crewdson typically plans each image with meticulous attention to detail, orchestrating light, color, and production design to conjure dreamlike scenes infused with mystery and suspense. While the small-town settings of many of Crewdson’s images are broadly familiar, he is careful to avoid signifiers of identifiable sites and moments, establishing a world outside time.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Crewdson is a graduate of SUNY Purchase and the Yale University School of Art, where he is now director of graduate studies in photography. He lives and works in New York and Massachusetts. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has produced a succession of widely acclaimed bodies of work, from Natural Wonder (1992–97) to Cathedral of the Pines (2013–14). Beneath the Roses (2003–08), a series of pictures that took nearly ten years to complete—and which employed a crew of more than one hundred people—was the subject of the 2012 feature documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, by Ben Shapiro.
Crewdson’s emblematic series Twilight (1998–2002) ushers the viewer into a nocturnal arena of alienation and desire that is at once forbidding and darkly magnetic. In these lush photographs, the elements intervene unexpectedly and alarmingly into suburban domestic space. Crewdson’s psychological realism is tempered in these images by their heightened theatricality, while themes of memory and imagination, the banal and the fantastic, function in concert with a narrative of pain and redemption that runs through American history and its picturing.
Sanctuary (2009), Crewdson’s first series shot outside the United States, depicts empty film sets belonging to Cinecittà Studios on the outskirts of Rome. Described by the artist as a return to documentary photography, the series saw him retreat from many of his usual methods: he used a digital camera, made minimal alterations to his subject, and employed only natural light. Cathedral of the Pines, which was first exhibited at Gagosian in New York in 2016, depicts unnamed figures situated in the forests around the town of Becket, Massachusetts. In scenes that evoke nineteenth-century American and European history paintings, the works’ subjects appear traumatized by mysterious events or suspended in a fugue state. Working with a small crew to maintain an intimate and immediate atmosphere, the artist also used people close to him as models. But even once we know who “plays” the protagonists, their actions remain cryptic and their relationships unclear. “There are no answers here,” states the artist, “only questions.” The 2018–19 series An Eclipse of Moths is set amid down-at-heel postindustrial locations including an abandoned factory and a disused taxi depot. They serve as backdrops for Crewdson’s enigmatic dramas of decay and potential rebirth.
A survey of Crewdson’s work of the previous twenty years toured European museums from 2005 to 2008. The exhibition In a Lonely Place traveled to galleries and museums across Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand from 2011 to 2013, and a major monograph was published by Rizzoli in 2013. Crewdson’s awards include the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship.


1995 - "Hover" Artspace Books
2002 - "Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewdson" Harry N. Abrams
2005 - "Gregory Crewdson: 1985–2005"Hatje Cantz
2007 - "Fireflies" Skarstedt Fine Art
2008 - "Beneath the Roses" With Russell Banks. Harry N. Abrams
2009 - "Dream House" With text by Tilda Swinton. John Rule
2010 - "Sanctuary" With Anthony O. Scott, Hatje Cantz
2011 - "In a Lonely Place" Hatje Cantz
2013 - "Gregory Crewdson" New York: Rizzoli
2016 - "Cathedral of the Pines" New York: Aperture
2020 - "An Eclipse of Moths" New York: Aperture
2021 - "Alone Street" New York: Aperture
2022 - "Gregory Crewdson: Eveningside, 2012–2022" Milan: Skira Editore

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1995 - Gregory Crewdson: Photographs, White Cube Gallery, London
1997 - Gregory Crewdson: Hover, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
1998 - Gregory Crewdson. House Taken Over, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
2002 - Gregory Crewdson: Twilight, Luhring Augustine, New York
2005 - Gregory Crewdson: Beneath the Roses, Luhring-Augustine Gallery, New York
2006 - Gregory Crewdson: 1985–2005, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany
2006 - Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York
2008 - Gregory Crewdson: Beneath the Roses Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2011 - Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place, traveling show, C/O Berlin, Berlin
2014 - Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2015 - Gregory Crewdson: Dream House, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2016 - Cathedral of the Pines, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2017 - Gregory Crewdson: Sanctuary, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt, Germany
2017 - The Becket Pictures, FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2022 - Gregory Crewdson: Eveningside, Gallerie d'Italia, Turin, Italy
2023 - Gregory Crewdson: Eveningside, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France
2023 - Gregory Crewdson: Forest Fables, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA


Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship
Skowhegan Medal for Photography, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Skowhegan Medal for Photography
National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
Honorary Doctorate, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Honorary Doctorate, SUNY Purchase, NY
Distinguished Artist Award, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA


Albertina Museum, Vienna / The Broad, Los Angeles / The Getty Museum, Los Angeles / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Museum of Modern Art, New York / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Whitney Museum, New York / Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

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