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  • New York City, 1996.

    Philip-Lorca diCorcia

    Museum Folkwang
    Museumsplatz 1
    June 1–June 30, 2004

    Whitechapel Gallery
    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
    June 1–August 24, 2003

    Centre National de la Photographie
    Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild 11 rue Berryer
    January 1–March 31, 2004

    Centro de Arte de Salamanca
    Avda de la Aldehuela
    July 1–August 30, 2004

    Philip-Lorca diCorcia turns twists on one of photography’s permanent ambiguities: The image may be an impartial, industriously detailed record of the lens’s view, but it is also subject to unlimited contingencies of both accident and control. Thus a seemingly casual diCorcia scene—a man’s glum audit of his refrigerator, say—turns out to be stage-managed to the nines, while an apparently formal portrait is a street photograph, if a carefully engineered one. Whitechapel’s Andrea Tarsia is premiering the 1999 suite Two Hours and virtually premiering the 1975–99 series “A Storybook Life,” whose seventy-six photos for the most part have never been shown.