Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Galerie Klemens Gasser/Tanja Grunert

Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s compelling new urban sociological portraits arc reminiscent of his “Hollywood” series of 1990–92, which consisted of images of male prostitutes and drug addicts in Los Angeles, each titled after the subject’s name and the fee he requested to serve as a model. Because of his affinity for certain social milieus, diCorcia’s work has often been associated with that of photographers like Nan Goldin, Mark Morrisroe, or Jack Pierson. Unlike those artists, however, who often live among the communities they document, his approach is typically detached though equally impressive.

A sense of distance can also be detected in his recent portraits of passersby that were shot in nine European, American, and Asian cities. A photograph of a homeless person moving along a crowded sidewalk, begging while wrapped in layers of shawls, powerfully conjures one kind of misery that can be

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