We really look forward to the first major European exhibition of work by the American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia at De Pont in Tilburg starting the 5th of October 2013 in a collaboration with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. DiCorcia who was born in 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut and can be seen as one of the most influential contemporary photographers. The photographer first came to prominence in the 1970s with photographs that defied definition, existing in the space between documentary fact and movie-style fiction. The meticulous staging of quotidian scenes of family and friends lent the photographs of diCorcia an unparalleled sense of heightened drama and ambiguity.
In the 1990s diCorcia turned his focus from scenes of domesticity to the American tradition of street photography exemplified by photographers such as Robert Frank, Louis Faurer and Gary Winogrand. In a seminal series that was retrospectively entitled Hustlers, diCorcia photographed men who had moved to Hollywood seeking their fortune, only to find themselves working the Sunset Strip as male prostitutes.
In 2007 the impressive Thousand was publicized by Steidl Dangin, a compilation of 1,000 actual-size reproductions of diCorcia’s polaroids that instantly brought a new element of diCorcia’s artistic practice into relief. Throughout diCorcia’s work he has used the polaroid format to augment his photographic projects and with this publication he was able to showcase this technique publicly for the first time. Whilst some of the images were taken as test shots to check lighting and composition, other scenes were conceived specifically to be taken only in polaroid format, as an entirely separate endeavor.
The biggest and most complete exhibition in Europe to date shows work from diCorcia’s series Hustlers, Streetwork, Heads, A Storybook Life, Lucky Thirteen, and photographs from his ongoing series East of Eden.
The exhibition start on the 5th of October and will run until 19th of January 2014.
See for more information here.