Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

1951 –


American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia emerged in the 1980s as part of a generation of photographers who sought to explore and challenge the boundaries of the medium. Over the past three decades, he has become known for his meticulously planned and executed photographs involving a variety of individuals, including friends, relatives, anonymous strangers, pole dancers, and street hustlers, among others. Deploying his subjects in preconceived yet seemingly random positions and contexts, diCorcia’s images are far from candid snapshots, but rather explore the tension between the casual and the posed, the accidental and the fated. At once documentary and theatrical, his work operates in the interstices of fact and fiction. As Bennett Simpson notes, “the essential affect of diCorcia’s work does not derive from traditional representations of empathy or closeness, but from the drama, contingency, and possible threat that occur ‘across an interval’…diCorcia has always been drawn to locations that roar and pulse with instability…his art is one of stripping away sentimentality to picture a grappling with experience.” 1


  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame at a ceremony October 29th, 2021.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia Ike Cole; 38 years old; Los Angeles, California, 1990-1992


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Below: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mary & Babe, 1982

Right: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, New York, 1993