Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Hustlers

Created by Pascal Dangin in collaboration with the artist, this large-scale publication presents the now iconic Hustlers series in its entirety.

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 ultimately find male prostitutes that would agree to pose for photographs. DiCorcia 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. The titles of these encounters amplify the facts: Ralph Smith, 21 years old, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and $25.

Hustlers marks the beginning of diCorcia’s engagement with street photography. Many of his works appear to depict random events in public settings, yet rarely involve chance. Knowing precisely what he wanted from each photograph, diCorcia would first try out his idea for a composition with his assistants, and then return to the location with the hustlers he had approached (usually around Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood), such as a motel room, a vacant lot, a fast-food restaurant, in between and inside cars. The narrative was always deliberate, and the result is a series of carefully composed, yet loaded works which revolve around a tension between the subject’s unique presence in front of the camera and the artist’s predetermined idea for the shot.

The publication coincides with the exhibition of the same title at David Zwirner, New York (September 12 – November 2, 2013).


Publisher: Steidl|dangin

Artists: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Designer: Pascal Dangin

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 13 x 17 1/2 in (33 x 43.2 cm)

Pages: 168

Reproductions: 66 color

ISBN: 9783869306179

Retail: $128 US & Canada | £145 | €98

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia

One of the most influential and innovative photographers working today, Philip-Lorca diCorcia is known for creating images that are poised between documentary and theatrically staged photography. His practice takes everyday occurrences beyond the realm of banality, infusing what would otherwise appear to be insignificant gestures with psychology and emotion. DiCorcia employs photography as a fictive medium capable of creating uncanny, complex realities out of seemingly straightforward compositions. As such, his work is based on the dichotomy between fact and fiction and asks the viewer to question the assumed truths that the photographic image offers.

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