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Philip-Lorca diCorcia

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Hartford, Connecticut.

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New York

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New York


Philip-Lorca diCorcia is an American photographer. He alternates between informal snapshots and iconic quality staged compositions that often have a baroque theatricality. Using a carefully planned staging, he takes everyday occurrences beyond the realm of banality, trying to inspire in his picture's spectators an awareness of the psychology and emotion contained in real-life situations. His work could be described as documentary photography mixed with the fictional world of cinema and advertising, which creates a powerful link between reality, fantasy and desire.

In 2006, a New York trial court issued a ruling in a case involving one of his photographs. The judge ruled that New York courts have "recognized that art can be sold, at least in limited editions, and still retain its artistic character (...) First Amendment protection of art is not limited to only starving artists. A profit motive in itself does not necessarily compel a conclusion that art has been used for trade purposes."

Portrait photo by Linlee Allen

Recent Exhibits

Philip-Lorca diCorcia participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2015 East of Eden
David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th
Sep, 2014 The New York Times Magazine Photographs
Aperture Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art
May, 2014 Hustlers
Sprüth Magers Berlin
Feb, 2014 Infinite City
Zabludowicz Collection
Feb, 2014 Photographs 1975 – 2012
The Hepworth Wakefield
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