“Three years ago, Arne Svenson, a photographer living in lower Manhattan, inherited a CT-501 500-mm. Nikon telephoto lens from a bird-watching friend,” writes Raffi Khatchadourian in this week’s New Yorker.
Brief Encounters, a 2012 documentary directed by Ben Shapiro, follows acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson’s decade-long quest to create a series of haunting, surreal and stunningly elaborate portraits of small-town American life — a depiction of a disturbing and imperfect world. Crewdson’s fascinating photographs are elaborately staged, well-designed narratives compressed into a single image. Many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies.
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay.
Next week, “I Only Want You to Love Me,” an exhibition of work by the British photographer Miles Aldridge, opens at Steven Kasher Gallery. The photographs, taken between 2005 and 2012, offer a glimpse into the artist’s cinematic, highly saturated...