Documenting an Artist
Ten years ago photographer Gregory Crewdson gave a lecture on the many faces of his photography. Out of work and in the middle of a divorce, his work was gaining traction in the art world, but his life was falling to pieces. He returned to a rural town in Western Massachusetts where he put the pieces together. Up until this point, his work was either black and white images of suburbia or he constructed dioramas of grotesque scenes of sci-fi/nature scenes. The work garish and confused, but it had potential.
In his secret retreat, he merged his interests and developed a style of image making that is closer to producing a film. The single images grew from tiny snap shots to entire movies, captured in a single frame. He got out of his slump, went on to become the Director of Yale’s Photography Program, pick up a blue chip gallery (Gagosian Gallery) and maintains sold out shows every year. How did he do it all? Check out the trailer from a new documentary called Brief Encounters.
And to all the parents out there, remember not all artists are broke. In fact some are fantastically wealthy and they did not achieve this over night. If you are nurturing an young artist in the household be patient. Trust me, the world does not need any more lawyers, politicians, or investment bankers.
To learn morn about Gregory Crewdson: https://www.artsy.net/artist/gregory-crewdson