Item description for A Story Book Life by Philip-Lorca diCorcia...
The disparate photographs assembled here were made over the course of twenty years. None of them were originally intended to be used in this book. By ordering and shaping them I tried to investigate the possibilities of narrative both within a single image and especially in relation to the other photographs. A Storybook Life is an attempt to discover the possibilities of meaning in the interaction of seemingly unrelated images in the hope that content can constantly mutate according to both the external and internal condition of the viewer, but remain meaningful because of it's inherent, but latent content. The conscious and subconscious decisions made in editing the photographs is the real work of A Storybook Life. Philip-Lorca diCorcia
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Philip-Lorca diCorcia was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1951. He received his MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1979. Published volumes accompany his solo exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art (Philip-Lorca diCorcia, 1995) and PaceWildenstein Gallery, New York (Streetwork 1993-1997, 1997; Heads, 2001; A Storybook Life, 2003). His work is included in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. He has been named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. DiCorcia lives and works in New York City.
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A Story Book Life Dec 18, 2007
I bought this as a gift for someone. So I really don't know what to do about rating it.
Lorca Di Corcia is brilliant!!! Jan 17, 2007
HY...THAT BOOK IS AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF BEAUTYFULL PICTURES.Philip Lorca is now one of the best photographers that we can observe.It's really full of contemporary notes ,if you buy this book tou can see a lot of good example on what you could work now.These pictures are like a bunch of frozen's memories of our world is aesthetical for suare...but is also devoted to hunmanity in a frozen way but it is.... i like a lot really best regards
I love it. May 28, 2004
I have looked at this book over and over again and it means something different every time. He is one of the greats.
A wonderful book, a beautiful object Feb 3, 2004
Although I agree that there are images in this book which should not be included, this is a nice concept piece considered as a whole. And I do somewhat disagree with those that say the landscape photography is weak. I find some of it to be quite striking. One in particular is probably one of the subtlest and most striking landscapes I have seen in recent publications. It's unfair to compare Philip-Lorca diCorcia's work with that of Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky. This book is wonderful, and well worth the investment.
A VERY POWERFUL AND PERSONAL COLLECTION OF IMAGES Dec 18, 2003
According to Vince Auletti in the Village Voice
"What makes "A Storybook Life" so enthralling isn't diCorcia's proven skill at crafting a convincing fiction, it's his ability to invest the whole nearly indigestible enterprise with feeling: longing, confusion, regret, tenderness, dismay, love, and, above all, a kind of bruised optimism. It's the accumulated weight of this emotion-however muffled, disguised, or denied-that gives the work its power as a piece. DiCorcia is no sentimentalist; he's far too smart and too subtle. He's not spilling his guts, he's constructing a riddle that even he doesn't know the answer to. All the more surprising that, in the end, he's also created a piece that doesn't seem to be just about his life, but ours."