Phillip-Lorca diCorcia
Stacks Image 9343
Los Angeles, 1992
Philip-Lorca diCorcia (born 1951, Hartford, CT; lives in New York, NY)

Todd Hido: “I like this image (Los Angeles) because it was shot at night. I feel like I drive by this place all the time—I saw it and thought, that’s so L.A.”

Philip-Lorca diCorcia is well known for an approach to photography that is often compared to filmmaking, alternating between documentary and fictitious modes. In Los Angeles, diCorcia seems to capture the essence of the city at night in an image of a modest tire dealer, while New York City conveys—with the barest of means—all of the narrative possibilities of a ring in puddled water. Though the photographs imbue the tiniest details with narrative import, unlike film, they do not form an easily legible sequence.

- Danielle Meeker