Narrative Photography

Narrative Photography is the idea that photographs can be used to tell a story, the same way in which words are commonly used. There are many famous and respectable photographers who used Narrative as a form of photography throughout many of their pieces. I decided to research further into Narrative photography as it is a field that I am interested in for my final project images and found many of the images to be inspirational.

Tableux is a form of Narrative photography that has developed since 1990.

“These images present frozen suggestive movements, commonly likened to film stills drawn from movies that do not exist” – Lucy Soutter

A well known and respectable photographer who commonly dabbled in Tableux photography was Gregory Crewdson. Crewdson is an American photographer who is known for elaborate setting and scenes focusing around American lifestyle and homes.



The work of Gregory Crewdson is often described as being “haunting” , “surreal” and “stunningly elaborate potraits” based around American life.  All of Crewdson’s images are digital  and are influenced by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock , Steven Spielberg and David Lynch, all successful movie directors.



When photographing an image Crewdson  can use more than 35 actors and assistants, with each one of them focusing and helping on a different aspect of the final image. All of Crewdson’s images have a strong sense of eeriness which is normally created through the use of light and mirrors. I find that a lot of his images are dark images with light highlighting the key aspects of each image, for example in the image above there are different forms of light; however each light source is highlighting something important e,g, the womans baby bump and the man laying on the ground.

I find Crewdson’s work very inspiring as the way he uses light to help tell a story is something which I find very artistic and imaginative which requires a lot of skill. He also makes the audience question his images which I find a positive attribute as it keeps the audience involved. For example, with all of his images I ask myself “what is the story he is trying to tell through this photography?” which then also makes me notice different aspects of his images that I may not have noticed at first glance.


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