Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson, American, born 1963                 

Untitled, 1994

chromogenic print

35 x 43 x 2 inches

Purchased with funds from gifts of The Honolulu Advertiser at Persis Corporation, by exchange,



Artist: Gregory Crewdson


            Dates of birth: September 26. 1962

            Place of Birth: Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY

            Current residence: New York

            Education: Studied photography at SUNY Purchase; MFA Yale University

            Employment: As teenager he was a member of “The Speedies” al NY Punk rock band, now is professor at Yale University.

Major Shows/Galleries

"Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place", C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2011)

Kulturhuset; Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2008),

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2007),

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2006),

Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (2005)

SITE Santa Fe, USA (2001).



Crewdson’s teenage punk rock band hit song "Let Me Take Your Photo" proved to be prophetic to what Crewdson would become later in life. In 2005, Hewlett Packard used the song in advertisements to promote its digital cameras.


Media: photography (color)

Technique: Is best known for elaborately staged scenes of American homes and neighborhoods and are often disturbing, surreal events.

Contextual information

            Influences (historical/personal/political): He has cited the films Vertigo, The Night of the Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style,  as well as the painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.



            Anecdotes, Quotes, web links to articles (highlight which articles may be worth making a hard copy for the binder) 

For a photo essay on the elaborate set ups of his photos see:


Represented by White Cube in London, England