Los Angeles, LACMA


It is fitting that Philip-Lorca diCorcia's exhibition is in Los Angeles. Two of the American photographer's strongest series, "Hustlers" and "Lucky 13", were taken in the city and, in different ways, seem to highlight the broken dreams of people that have moved to Hollywood. "Hustlers" was made during the twilight hours in an area of Santa Monica Boulevard frequented by male prostitutes and drug addicts. After staging the scene for each picture, diCorcia did streetcasting, offering to pay a man to appear in the image. He recorded the subject's name, place of birth and the amount paid in the title. Meanwhile, "Lucky 13" is of pole dancers, showing the bottom-of-the-ladder, less-than-glamorous jobs in the star-studded city.

The exhibition, which includes images from his other series "Streetwork" and "Heads" spotlights diCorcia's role in contemporary photography. A combination of documentary and fiction, his staged, stylized works – using natural and artificial light – have become highly influential. A sure highlight is his installation of 1,000 Polaroids, titled "Thousand", which is being presented for the first time.

May 23 through September 14, 2008
LACMA, Ahmanson Building
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
California 90036
T.1 323 857 6000