Text by Peter Galassi
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York as a part of their publication series Contemporaries, this monograph consists of 55 color plates, dating from 1978 to 1994, which trace the evolution of a compelling and influential body of work. Beginning with enigmatic domestic scenarios whose protagonists are the photographer’s family and friends, diCorcia moved on to an ambitious series in which Hollywood drifters and hustlers are pictured as emblematic figures of contemporary America. He proceeded to deploy his probing curiosity amid the energy and turmoil of big-city streets, reinvigorating a rich photographic tradition that had been dormant for nearly a generation. Available in hardcover, the book includes an essay by the museum’s Chief Curator of the Department of Photography, Peter Galassi.