Gregory Crewdson is a photographer who specializes in tableaux photography. Tableaux means a static scene that represents a story, especially with the models standing still in positions to portray the scene.
Crewdson didn’t start taking photography seriously until he was in undergrad and just took it up as a hobby. He was in a band originally and found success when a song was used in Hewlett Packard’s commercial and they were brought on to Jay Leno.
His senior thesis revolved around portraits in a small town in Massachusetts where he eventually did his first full length series Natural Wonder.
His photographs are dramatic. The way I think of them is a still from a movie set. All the photos are so beautifully lit and the models look as if they were photographed within the middle of a scene. The colors are very subtle and fade into each other. Most of the colors come from things in the scenes like street lamps or lights in a house.