Straight Spectacle: The Staged Photography of Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Each flush-mounted, the 'Storybook Life' stamp, signed, editioned '2, and numbered sequentially in ink, on the reverse, 9 framed and 67 in a brown-lettered natural linen portfolio, 1978-1999, printed in 2003, no. 2 in an edition of 4 (10).
Each approximately 11 by 16 7/8 in. (27.9 by 42.7 cm.) or the reverse
From the Catalogue:
For A Storybook Life, Philip-Lorca diCorcia selected 76 photographs spanning three decades of his career. Meant to be viewed as a whole and in a specific order (as illustrated on pages 82 - 87), these images juxtapose banal and incongruous scenes to build a fable-like narrative of free association. Although diCorcia is most well-known for photographing strangers or hired actors, in A Storybook Life he deliberately selected relatives and friends as his subjects.
A Storybook Life was issued in a limited edition of only four complete sets. As the series of 76 images is intended to be read as a whole, the photographs are not to be divided without prior consent of the photographer.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, A Storybook Life (Sante Fe, 2003) (the complete series)
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, 2003
Drawing on Hollywood’s aesthetic of artificiality and the power of a scrupulously directed film scene, American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia is a pioneer in staged photography, crafting narratives of everyday life. “I thought of the people as puppets who were unstrung, mercilessly disempowered—not preyed upon, but living on the edge and not by choice,” he says of his earliest L.A. subjects. “So it was interesting to set up scenarios that often didn’t portray the real circumstances.” Using photographic media from digital to Polaroid, diCorcia’s collections range from the meticulous staging and disconcerting affectlessness of high-end fashion photography to the impromptu intimacy of street portraits, frequently capturing garishness and frailty in a single shot. DiCorcia achieved his major breakthrough with the series "Hustlers" (1990-92), for which he staged portraits of male prostitutes on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.
American, b. 1951, Hartford, Connecticut, based in New York, New York