23. Gregory Crewdson

The typical Gregory Crewdson photograph looks like something plucked from a science-fiction film. The characters embedded in the scene are often aloof or have a look of longing. But they are only pawns in the game of theatre constructed in the photograph. Each image's elaborate stage becomes an affective vessel for the unaffected inhabitants. Crewdson's use of theatrical lighting heightens the drama of the photograph, seducing us into a narrative that may not even exist.

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Above: Untitled (Maple Street), 2003