Photographs by Gregory Crewdson
Gregory Crewdson reworks the American suburb into a stage-set for the inexplicable, often disturbing, events that take place at twilight. In creating what he calls 'frozen moments', he has developed a process akin to the making of a feature film. Operating on an epic scale, he uses a large crew to shoot and then develop the images during post-production.
Photographs by Bill Henson
Bill Henson has returned consistently to the orchestration of available light, and in particular of twilight, using it to create a kind of modern mythology. The quiet melodrama of Henson's photographs, and in particular his handling of light to create a transcendent effect, suggests a contemporary reworking of the Sublime.
Photographs by Liang Yue
Liang Yue is a photographer whose work deals obliquely with the pace of change in contemporary China. Liang Yue made the Morse Code series in Beijing during China's recent, and ongoing, economic boom. Part of a larger body of work called Several Dusks, the photographs were taken during the sand storms that blow in from the desert.
Boris Mikhailov (b.1938) made his series At Dusk in his home city of Kharkov following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In it, he uses twilight to record a society in transition and to evoke childhood memories. Mikhailov proposes a monochrome visual language to deal with a new social reality. The photographs are tinted blue, both to make them appear 'old' and to refer to the 'blue hour' of twilight.
Photographs by Chrystel Lebas
Chrystel Lebas shot the Abyss series in forests where twilight heralds their loss, rather than creating a theatrical abundance of light and colour. Using a panoramic camera and long exposures, Lebas observes the effects of the fading light, creating images that contain an imprint of the event as it unfolds over time.
Study Room resource: Contemporary photography
These Study Room resources contain a selection of photographs which were produced in the 1980s and early 1990s. They should give you an idea of the range of photographs being produced in this period. However, the tendency of much contemporary photography to be very large has restricted our choice to that of a moderate scale. Also contains desciptive information about copyright images.
Photographs from 'New Society' magazine
The pioneering weekly publication New Society was founded in 1962 and continued as an independent magazine until 1988. Focusing on everyday people from all corners of modern Britain, it carried articles on education, sociology, politics, economics and human geography.
Study Room resource: Culture and identity in photography
This study room resource contains photographs that deal with issues of cultural identity. It explores the work of black, Asian and Middle Eastern photographers and of white photographers who have worked in cultures other than their own. Also contains descriptive information about copyright images.