Philip-Lorca DiCorcia: Hustlers

Philip-Lorca DiCorcia: Hustlers

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By (author) Philip-Lorca diCorcia

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  • Publisher: Steidl Verlag
  • Format: Hardback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 338mm x 342mm x 26mm | 2,905g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Gottingen
  • ISBN 10: 3869306173
  • ISBN 13: 9783869306179
  • Sales rank: 161,491

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Between 1990 and 1992, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, funded by a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, made multiple trips to Los Angeles to scout locations, invent scenarios and to find male prostitutes that would agree to pose for his camera. The last task proved to be the easiest: diCorcia simply used his fellowship money to pay the men whatever price they charged for their most typical service and ultimately prompted a complaint of misuse of government funds. In 1993, 21 selected images were initially exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, marking Philip-Lorca diCorcia's first solo exhibition. The show, entitled Strangers was accompanied by a museum catalog. Twenty years later, steidldangin publishes the series in its entirety. "Hustlers" is an empathetic yet melancholic poem of the Hollywood dream gone wrong, prescribing to the heavily-staged pictorialism and happenstance of street casting for which diCorcia is most widely recognized. Knowing precisely what he wanted from each photograph, and fearful of police involvement, diCorcia would prearrange all settings: this motel room, that vacant lot, in between cars, in a fast-food restaurant--the narrative was always deliberate. From the moment diCorcia approached a potential subject (usually around Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood), to the completion of the shoot, seldom more than one hour had passed. The titles of these encounters amplify the facts--for example: "Ralph Smith, 21 years old, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and $25."

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia attended university at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Yale University, New Haven. Since 1977, his work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and has become part of the collections of major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.