Essen

New York City, 1996.

New York City, 1996.

Essen

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.