American photographer Gregory Crewdson has made a distinctive contribution to the aesthetics of photography, with his ambitious and beautifully crafted work whose aesthetic owes as much to history painting and cinema as it does to contemporary photography. His disturbingly beautiful, large-scale, small town American landscape narratives created a distinctive and perplexing world; his latest work deploys the melancholy strangeness of Cinecittà’s ruins to create a different kind of photographic uncanny.

This Power Lecture took place on 15 April 2011, as part of the Sydney Ideas program at the University of Sydney. The lecture was co-presented with the US Studies Centre.



Gregory Crewdson is Professor (adjunct) of Photography at the Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Crewdson’s work is represented in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has received numerous awards, including the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship. Gregory Crewdson has published several books of his photographs, including Hover (1995), Twilight (2003) and a retrospective book of his work, Gregory Crewdson from 1985 to 2005 (2005). Beneath the Roses (2008) was published in concurrence with this series.