Gregory Crewdson, ‘Untitled from the Twilight series’, 1998-2002, Boca Raton Museum of Art

Contemporary photographer Gregory Crewdson creates staged fictions of bizarre events set in small town America. This photograph is part of his Twilight series and explores the intersection of day and night, and the conscious and subconscious realms. The inexplicable relationship among elements or events in the photograph plays with the viewer’s sense that photographs document truth.

About Gregory Crewdson

In suburban settings or on elaborately detailed sets of American homes, interiors, and neighborhoods, Gregory Crewdson stages haunting, cinematic photos of alienation and eerie quietude. “I’ve always been interested in wanting to construct the world in photographs,” he has said. Crewdson’s work combines the documentary style of William Eggleston and Walker Evans with a dreamlike quality reminiscent of such filmmakers as Stephen Spielberg and David Lynch. Yet unlike those directors, Crewdson is compelled by how the still image freezes time and sets limitations, “like a story that is forever frozen in between moments, before and after, and always left as a kind of unresolved question,” he describes. His quietly disturbing American settings, with their immaculately staged lighting and somber, solitary figures, are often seen as functioning in conversation with the works of Edward Hopper.

American, b. 1962, Brooklyn, New York, based in New York, New York