Q&A: Ben Shapiro on “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters”
The work of photographer Gregory Crewdson is full of cinematic allusions and references, from 1940’s film noir to the suburban nightmares of David Lynch. So it makes sense that, eventually, the camera would be turned around, making the artist the subject. “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters,” directed by Ben Shapiro, follows the photographer over a decade-long period as he works on “Beneath the Roses,” a series of images that zoom in on the mysterious and mundane. In between, Crewdson opens up about growing up with a psychoanalyst father, his punk rock roots, and how it all has influenced his work. In a phone conversation with ARTINFO’s Craig Hubert, Shapiro talked about his first meetings with the photographer, being wowed by the elaborate construction of the images, and how Crewdson’s work has influenced his own.
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