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Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Heads [Hardcover]

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The photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia is best known for his elaborately staged scenes made to look like real life, in which he meticulously plans every element of a shot-lighting, pose, etc., before taking the photograph, creating the "ur" moment. It is conceptual photography with the veneer of the documentary. As such, his photographs have been integral to contemporary dialogues on street photography, portraiture, and constructed versus spontaneous tableaus. His most recent body of work, entitled Heads, is a departure from this method. Setting up shop in New York City, diCorcia took unstaged pictures of passers by that follow in the street photography tradition of Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, and Robert Frank. diCorcia's work helps to redefine the genre, bringing street photography into our post-modern world.

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Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 14.7" Width: 11.8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2001
Publisher   Steidl
ISBN  3882434414  
ISBN13  9783882434415  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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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Interesting project, but disapointing book.  Mar 8, 2007
I am a bit disapointed about the book. There isn't much photographs and I was disapointed by their quality.
The project is interesting but I don't think it is worth a book. Not, in the way it was made.
good idea, but  Jul 24, 2006
i would check out luc delahaye's 'l'autre' before this for a more "pure" portrait technique, but these are fascinating, simple, and as ron burgundy might say, "compelling and rich."

still, the book has only 40 or so pages, and not a great deal because of it.
Large, Gorgeous, Varied Photos of New Yorkers "Frozen" While Walking Down the Street  Jan 6, 2006
The 10/2005 issue of Photo District News, a magazine for professional photographers, named this one of the "most captivating and influential photography books" from 1999-2004, so I thought I would buy a copy.

Published in conjunction with a 2001 PaceWildenstein Chelsea exhibition, the book is wide (38cm) and high (30cm). Except for the author & title, the dust jacket and hardcovers are black, befitting the book's contents. A two-page essay by Luc Sante explains that the photos of people "walking down the street" in New York City were taken "with a long lens" and hidden flashes. Because the artificial light was much brighter than the natural, the people appear lit like "stage shots," isolated against mostly black backgrounds.

On the right-hand pages are 17 full-bleed photos of heads and shoulders of people of different ages and races, with differing clothing and facial expressions. The left-hand pages say "head #10," "head #05," etc. in apparently random order (e.g., this shows #01, which appears toward the middle of the book). Although you can find small versions of many of the heads on the Web (e.g., #13 became famous in 2005 because the subject sued the photographer for selling it without his permission), these do not come close to the wonderful high-resolution reproductions in this book.

Parr and Badger in "The Photobook: A History" define a photobook as having "each image placed so as to resonate with its fellows as the pages are turned, making the collective meaning more important than the images' individual meanings." This book meets that definition. For a given photo, its placement in the context of the 16 other photos enhances your appreciation of it; you want to compare and contrast the composition of one image with the others. Snap this book up at this!

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