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A detail of Gregory Crewdson's photograph on the cover ofa 1999 Yo La Tengo release.
A detail of Gregory Crewdson's photograph on the cover ofa 1999 Yo La Tengo release. (Photo: Matador Records)

Let me take your photo

You sure wouldn't know it from the now perhaps-regrettable turquoise and pink gear, but power pop wavers Speedies were one of the best unsigned bands in New York City when I was in junior high school.

The band's "Let Me Take Your Photo" was a little new wave-era gem with a super-catchy chorus.

The title also turned out to be somewhat prescient as guitarist Greg Crewdson – who I thought was pretty cool – would later grow into one of the most respected photographers in the world. Music fans might recognize his work on the cover of Yo La Tengo's 1999 disc, "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out."

Crewdson can be seen at right in the above video, shot on Brooklyn's Promenade in 1979.

Crewdson, who in addition to being a former minor pop star, is a Yale prof, and his work has been exhibited across America and Europe and in Wisconsin at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and right now at Marquette's Haggerty Museum.

Crewdson will present a lecture in room 105 at Marquette's Straz Hall on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. A reception follows. Both events are free and open to the public.

An untitled work from Crewdson’s "Twilight" series is currently on view in the Haggerty as part of "Dark Blue The Water as Protagonist," through May 19.

Here's a great video of Crewdson talking about his process as an artist.

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