Journal

Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson’s photographs usually take place in small town America, but are dramatic and cinematic.6 They feature often disturbing, surreal events. The photographs are shot using a large crew, and are elaborately staged and lit.7 He has cited the films Vertigo, The Night of the Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style,8 as well as the painter Edward Hopper9 and photographer Diane Arbus.

Check out the clips from A Brief Encounter a documentary film about the creation of Crewdson’s incredible photographs.

“Brief Encounter”http://strobist.blogspot.com/

If you have a Heart, a Soul, any Humanity whatsoever watch this !

A short film by Alan Spearman who works for the Daily Newspaper “Commercial Appeal”. small ton newspaper in the Deep South. Well worth the 13 minutes it takes to watch and also check out his photographs from the streets of South Memphis, the poorest metropolitan area in America. This is beautiful and powerful. The photography is photojournalism at it’s best. “April” is also worth a look. Moving stuff.

As I Am

For Street or Documentary Photographers

This is a link to Vivian Maier’s Web Site, the Nanny whose photographs were discovered at a local Thrift House auction in 2007. Well worth the read of her story and a long look at her work. Don’t skip the self portrait section. :o)

PS That is a Rollieflex she wondered the streets with

Vivian

From the website

The story of this nanny who has now wowed the world with her photography, and who incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century is seemingly beyond belief.

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