In 2002, the photographer Gregory Crewdson traveled to a vacant ranch house in Rutland, Vermont, along with his crew and an ensemble of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Tilda Swinton and, seen here, Julianne Moore.
The woman who lived in the house had passed away four years ago. In the meantime, nothing had been touched. To take a series of photographs commissioned by The New York Times, Crewdson used the abandoned house as a backdrop.
“The Dream House,”The Dream House,”carefully staged scenes of slightly surreal unease in the midst of a white, semi-rural, middle-class community,”carefully staged scenes of slightly surreal unease in the midst of a white, semi-rural, middle-class community. Crewdson draws on movie conventions (and film actors) in his work to build his cinematic images that play with narrative and acting ideas.
In Campany’s new book, On Photography, which also looks at photos by photographers as diverse as Guy Bourdin and Susan Meiselas, Crewdson is just one of the photographers whose work is discussed.
From David Business, published by Thames & Hudson, taken from On Photos, priced £ 25. Photograph © Crewdson, Gregory. Gagosian’s courtesy