Beneath the Roses

Images of Small Town Life



ISBN: 9780810993808 Category:


Best known for his elaborately choreographed, large-scale photographs, Gregory Crewdson is one of the most exciting and important artists working today. The images that comprise Crewdson’s new series, “Beneath the Roses,” take place in the homes, streets, and forests of unnamed small towns. The photographs portray emotionally charged moments of seemingly ordinary individuals caught in ambiguous and often disquieting circumstances. Both epic in scale and intimate in scope, these visually breathtaking photographs blur the distinctions between cinema and photography, reality and fantasy, what has happened and what is to come.

Beneath the Roses features an essay by acclaimed fiction writer Russell Banks, as well as many never-before-seen photographs, including production stills, lighting charts, sketches, and architectural plans, that serve as a window into Crewdson’s working process. The book is published to coincide with exhibitions in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

Additional information

Weight 2248 g
Dimensions 41.6 x 30 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 25 February 2008
Number of pages 140
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by Russell Banks
Dimensions 41.6 x 30 cm
Weight 2248 g


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Gregory Crewdson is an internationally exhibited artist whose photographs are also the subject of Abrams’ Twilight. He teaches at the Yale University School of Art and lives in New York City.

Russell Banks (1940–2023) is the award-winning writer whose works of fiction include Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter, and The Darling. He has contributed essays to Vanity Fair, Harper’s, and many other publications.