Philip Lorca diCorcia


Philip Lorca diCorcia was born in 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. His work could be described as documentary photography mixed with the fictional world of cinema and advertising, creating a powerful link between realitz, fantasy and desire. DiCorcia takes pictures of everyday occurrences beyond the realm of banality, trying to inspire an awareness of the psychology and emotion contained in real life situations. Alternating between informal snapshots and ironic quality staged compositions his snapshots often have a baroque theatricality. Having won several awards he is concidered one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Dicorcia is living and working in New York.

Studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he earned the Diploma in 1975. Four years Later he received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 1976 from the Yale University.

In the 70s Philip-Lorca diCorcia came into his own as a photographer,  just as conceptual photography was finding its footing. As such, his work is in the space between representation (docu- menting) and re-presentation (commenting on the process of signification). By the late 80s diCorcia had made his name shooting meticulously cho-reographed scenes from daily life, e.g. his work street work, where he photographed the street life in eight big American, European and Asian cities between 1996 and 1998. He placed hidden lights on the pavement enlightening passing passengers in a special way. His photos elevate the accidental poses, the unintended movements and insignificant facial expressions of the passers-by into a certain meaning.





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