Nobody does staged photography quite like Gregory Crewdson. By way of dark, elaborate sets that can take months to create, he infuses scenes depicting small-town American life with uniquely fantastical, slightly disturbing moments. These photographs form part of Beneath The Roses, the iconic body of work that assisted in elevating Crewdson above his peers to become recognized as one of the most influential photographers of his time and is the subject of the documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, which is currently touring the 2012 festival circuit. I can't wait to get a copy so I can find out more about Crewdson's stunning process of creation and how he shifted from the large-scale productions of Beneath The Roses to the much simpler Sanctuary, which comprises black and white photos of Cinecitta.

Image: Gregory Crewdson, Untitled (Boy with Hand in Drain), 2001-2, color coupler print, edition of 10, 48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Christie's. (c) Gregory Crewdson