Walking onto the ‘set’ of a Gregory Crewdson photograph one could be forgiven for thinking it was a motion-picture that was being made. His pictures sell for upwards of $60,000 each and usually he only prints 10 of each, with buyers lined-up waiting to buy even before the shot is done.
His style – and by that I mean his style in the broadest sense [business style, artistic style, operational style] – is not to everyone’s tastes. By his own admission he doesn’t ‘like to touch the camera'; his assistant loads the dark-slides, presses the button. Crewdson is the director on a set. His vision is total.
Once the shots are made, it’s off the post-production suite and meticulous editing to get the exact result he was after with his initial vision.
Fascinating stuff, whether you like what he does or not.