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Philip-Lorca diCorcia [Paperback]

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia is among the most innovative and influential photographers working today. For nearly 30 years he has explored the intersection of documentary style with cinematic production, making contemporary work that perches uncannily between the fictional and the real. This survey of diCorcia's career, from the late-1970s to the present, draws from the artist's most acclaimed series, including Hustlers, Streetworks, Heads, A Storybook Life, and Lucky 13. In work from the 1980s, diCorcia shows friends and family in domestic tableaux tinged with an air of mystery, working from the subject matter of his life but eschewing romantic intimacy for studied detachment and pitch-perfect detail. In the 1990s, he turns to the great American tradition of street photography. That swiftly-changing environment might have seemed unlikely for diCorcia's meticulous style, but it provided some of his best-known images, including those of male prostitutes and anonymous crowds of urban pedestrians. In more recent work, he has photographed erotic pole dancers, their bodies caught in contorted and seductive free-fall. The accompanying texts here include a piece by the New York writer and critic, Lynne Tillman, author of the acclaimed 2006 novel, American Genius, A Comedy.

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Pages   118
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.02" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Steidl/Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
ISBN  3865213855  
ISBN13  9783865213853  

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Brief review  Aug 2, 2007
The photographer produces only a few photos each year. The detail and care of his art challenge me to become as powerful in my own work.
Great book!  Apr 11, 2007
If you're a fan or love photography, well it's a good one. Especially if you're interested in portrait and street photography. Philip-Lorca diCorcia is a must in that field. So, of course, there is plenty of photographs (great ones) but that's about it. This is not the book you want to buy to read about diCorcia. But still, very glad to have it!
Realism and Artificiality  May 1, 2000
In Andy Grundberg's book, Crisis of the Real, he predicts that "the character of photography in the new millennium will be something more overtly fabricated, manipulative, artificial, and self conscious then the photography we have come to know." Interested in this prediction, I have been exploring artists using fiction and theatricality in their work; such as, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jeff Wall, Eileen Cowin, and Tiny Barny to name a few. These artists are not only questioning the representational authority of photography but also exploring the extent to which artiface takes part in constructing a narrative. In carefully staged scenes, apparently taken from ordinary, everday life, diCorcia's images originate not so much from experience as from imagination. They seem convincingly real, yet are just enough over the top to remind us of how mediated photography can be. I think this is the type of overt fabrication Grundberg was referring to. diCorcia gives meticulous attention to every detail and has a wonderful sense of composition, particularly with the use of color. Many of his pictures will make you laugh, while others may offer an odd parallel to your own experiences. This is an original book, well worth having to return to as a source of pleasure and inspiration.

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