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PRINT Summer 2001

PORTFOLIO: PHILIP-LORCA diCORCIA

THIS TIME PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA'S STAGE SET IS MAYOR GIULIANI'S tarted-up Times Square, although you'd hardly guess it from the pictures. The photographer's signature electronic flash units are hidden in a walkway beneath a contractor's scaffolding, which serves the added purpose of shielding the passersby from any other light. An X taped on the sidewalk marks the spot at which the striding figure will catch the flash and come momentarily into focus for the camera, which is planted far enough away to escape notice.

Or perhaps you might guess the place. Picked out against the dark void, cropped to head and shoulders, strangely static although all are in motion, diCorcia's figures are reduced to types or—thanks to the pristine four-by-five-foot prints—elevated to archetypes: the Mailman, the Young Blonde, the Rabbi, the Black Executive, the White Teenager, and so on. The four pictures reproduced

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