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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1ST edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810910039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810910034
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Twilight, that indistinct time between day and night, is an appropriate title for the latest and most substantial monograph by photographer Crewdson (after 1999's Dream of Life and 1998's Hover). Continuing his tradition of photographing cinematically staged and darkened realities of suburban life, Crewdson presents characters who exist in a world where American Beauty meets The X-Files. This volume's 40 images, which were inspired by Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, were created much like a feature film; the production crew included lighting supervisors, pyrotechnic experts, interior designers, and bug wranglers. Crewdson's fabricated realities contradict the traditional photographic adage of the "decisive moment." In using this method, he demonstrates that the camera can do much more than capture a moment in time, thus placing this work in the vanguard of contemporary art photography. The book begins with an essay by novelist Moody and ends with production stills and credits. Recommended for all public and academic collections. Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ. Lib., PA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rick Moody is the author of numerous novels and collections of short stories, including Demonology, Purple America, and The Ice Storm. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper's, among other publications. He lives on Fishers Island, New York.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Crewdson uses elements of documentary photography and cinema to give authority and narrative to intricately and flawlessly constructed, amazingly artificial scenes. To criticize these photographs for being "forced" or lacking sincerity is like criticising a race car driver for driving too fast. The amount of effort and detail that went into constructing these realities is the entire point of this book. A photograph doesn't have to refer to something that is "real" in order to be valuable, compelling, and beautiful in its own right. This is an excellent, highly recomended book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an incredible documentation of community-based art. The artist, Gregory Crewdson, worked over years to unite a small town in the hills of Massachusetts to create art.
It's inspiring to find out that the people of the town (Lee) not only donate their houses for photo shoots, but they also block off streets and are subjects of the photographs.
The photos in the book are accompanied by text written by Rick Moody. The text is interesting, touching on the psychological forces compelling Crewdson to create art--but the real treat is in the photographs themselves.
The work is produced far away from the mainstream art world of Chelsea, yet it has made a great impression there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hungerford on November 26, 2012
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I first encountered this book in graduate school in 2002, and it's been a touchstone in my visual research library ever since.

The photographs are meticulously crafted and cinematic. Each image seems to contain manifold stories, and a good deal of the pleasure I find in this book is in constructing my own personal narratives to go along with each one.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of art, light, and the possibilities of visual non-narrative storytelling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fishy Dreams on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
These photos are 'quiet' but intriguing. The lightings in these photos are amazing. Sometimes it is hard to believe that these are photos and not drawings.

I personally like photos/movies shot under low budget -- and these settings were certainly not cheap -- but if you don't mind that, this is good book to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By victor lee on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gregory Crewdson's book Twilight has the feel of a big budget science fiction film documented in gorgeous still imagery; the images work together to tell a story of what, on the surface, appears to be a typical suburban town. Using a large format 8x10 camera and a variety of extremely heavy-duty film lights (ranging from 1-12Ks), it has been reported that each photograph took up to a month to create. He even lists the "credits" at the end of the book, as if it were the end of a film, along with behind-the-scenes snapshots that show the making of some of the photographic scenes.

For this series, Crewdson took over a suburban village and transformed it into a world of mysterious happenings that have somehow put every inhabitant in a trance. His photographs were intricately constructed, from sets with stuffed wolves and bears to mountains of sandwiches to rolls of lawn sod built into a giant pyramid. Crewdson's scenes take place all over the "city," in a variety of private home settings and outdoor scenes that show the whole disheveled neighborhood. Mounds of garbage, a plethora of dazed, pregnant women, and unexplained light sources beaming from the sky, through the windows of a neighbor's home, from cracks in the floor, every image gives the viewer the sense of an extraterrestrial presence in a home setting many are familiar with.

The book leaves the viewer wondering-What is it that is making these otherwise seemingly normal people wander the streets naked, every face mesmerized, lost in a trance? Who on earth is responsible for all of these pregnant women? And most of all, will this eerie, haunting presence ever come to light?

Does it even have to?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KP on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hearing the word twilight makes many of us think of the time of day when ordinary things undergo awkward or extraordinary transitions. It is the mysterious frame of time after sunset, but before dawn. The dictionary describes it as half-light, final period of the day. It is the fine line between what is real and what is an illusion. Twilight by Gregory Crewdson captures exactly that.

Crewdson brings the world of photography to the essence of cinema as each photo shoot is intensely staged with large crews working diligently to create the sets for each photograph. Many photography enthusiasts believe that Crewdsons work is overrated and overpaid, but in his work, the ideas of these images speak louder than most photographers of the contemporary art world today. Each image Crewdson creates functions as an intensely dramatic moment with a multitude of focal points in which the narrative is constructed.

He focuses on subject matter that intrigues, confuses, and surprises his viewers. In most of Crewdson's images, a single figure is isolated giving a strong sense of despair, loneliness and even guilt. In one image, a typical suburban father is in a state of confusion as he sits in mounds of sod in his bedroom. Another shows a young woman floating in a lucid daze as her living room floods. The fact that the ideas of supernatural like encounters combined with the American suburban lifestyle evokes a rather dark and sinister feeling.

Aesthetically, Crewdson's images combine a crisp, crystal clear optical quality with a soft, calm color palette. Most of the photographs contain cool dark blues with streaks of warm yellows beaming across the image giving them that chiaroscuro effect. These colors intensify the drama of each subject.
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