Gregory Crewdson at the White Cube
My boy and I went to see an exhibition of new photographs by Gregory Crewdson at the White Cube gallery.
In this latest body of work, shot over the past three years, Crewdson continues his exploration of small-town America.
Crewdson shoots his still images as if he were David Lynch channeling Edward Hopper on a movie set. Since he shoots with a Hasselblad Sinar 8x10 camera, his field of composition includes people, sky, cars, streets and buildings. In essence, the scale of his compositions matches the possibilities inherent in the 8x10 camera format.
He works with a mini lighting crew that sets up before each shoot. Richard "Rico" Sands, whose background includes being a gaffer, crane operator, and director of photography, collaborates on the lighting setup of his shots.
Crewdson returns again and again to the same territory, a scene from the suburbs or from rural America invaded by its desires and anxieties. His pictures are fascinating, enigmatic scenes of puzzlement, regret and frustration.
If you live in London, go and see this show before it ends (24 May).
And if you're a very wealthy person, invest in one of his pictures! Prices start at around £35,000.