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Gregory Crewdson’s $1 Million Photo Shoot

By Christopher Peterson

28 Jul 2007

Photographer Gregory Crewdson shoots his still images as if he were Michelangelo Antonioni channeling Edward Hopper on a movie set. Since he shoots with a Hasselblad Sinar 8×10 camera, his field of composition includes people, sky, cars, streets and buildings. In essence, the scale of his compositions matches the possibilities inherent in the 8×10 camera format.

Gregory has a mini lighting crew that sets up before each shoot. Richard “Rico” Sands, whose background includes being a gaffer, crane operator, and director of photography, collaborates on the lighting setup of his shots. Rico controls the lighting on the set right down to calling out which circuit breaker to kill when shooting individual shots.

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