Text by Luc Sante
Philip-Lorca diCorcia is best known for his elaborately staged photographs, meticulously planned productions that wear the guise of 'real life.' Conceptual photography with the veneer of the documentary, as one author puts it. His new work, however, is a departure. Combining street photography and theater, diCorcia rigs lights far above the New York sidewalk, unnoticed by the passersby, and positions himself a distance. The results--an amalgam of random individuals and unvarying lighting conditions--are stunning. The anonymous, specimen-like quality to the subjects is heightened by the theatrical lighting. This work successfully reinvigorates the entire genre of street photography.