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Snapshot decisions: Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s Polaroids

This very interesting article in The Guardian by the excellent writer on photography, Sean O’Hagen is an introduction to the work and exhibition of Philip-Lorca diCorcia

A new exhibition at Spruth Mager’s gallery in London is an entree to PLC’s work.

This is the beginning of the press release for the exhibition

“Sprüth Magers London is delighted to present ‘Roid’ by American artist Philip-Lorca diCorcia. In his first show at the London gallery diCorcia reveals a series of over 100 never-before-seen Polaroids. Displayed along a rail that traces the contours of the gallery walls, the Polaroids span the 30-year career of one of the most influential photographers of his generation. “.…..more

DiCorcia used hidden lighting to snap unwitting New Yorkers. Photograph: Untitled, n.d., Polaroid, courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers Berlin London and David Zwirner

This is the start of the article by Sean O’Hagen “I have always considered Philip-Lorca diCorcia one of the great postmodernists of contemporary photography. Having received an MA in Fine Arts Photography at Yale in 1979, his reputation rests to a great degree on his moody and meticulous restaging of scenes from everyday life. Initially, he photographed close friends and family members in low-key, intimate situations that often look both real and strangely heightened, like stills from one of Gus Van Sant’s dreamier films.”..….more

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