Detail of a photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled W, November 2004, #4, dated 2004.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

ELEVEN

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of fashion photographs by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. On view at the gallery's 519 West 19th Street space, the works were selected from a series of eleven editorial projects the artist created for W magazine between 1997 and 2008. This is the first time diCorcia will exclusively exhibit his fashion photography in New York, which not only occupies an inspirational and improvisational role within his thirty-year-long career as an art photographer, but which also helped redefine the genre as a whole.

DiCorcia is particularly well-known for his carefully planned and meticulously executed photographs involving family members and a variety of "actors," including anonymous strangers, pole dancers, and street hustlers. Over the past decades, he has been influential in reinventing the genre of street photography and the photographic notion of the "decisive moment" popularized by Henri Cartier-Bresson in the early 20th century. Deploying characters in preconceived yet seemingly random poses and contexts, diCorcia's photographs are far from candid snapshots, but rather explore the idea of the "indecisive moment" and revolve around a tension between the casual and the posed, the accidental and the fated.

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Photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled W, September 2000, #10, dated 2000.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

W, September 2000, #10, 2000
Archival pigment print
32 x 42 inches (81.3 x 106.7 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled W, March 2000, #7, dated 2000.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

W, March 2000, #7, 2000
Fujicolor Crystal Archive print
31 7/8 x 39 5/8 inches (81 x 100.6 cm)

Philip-Lorca diCorcia: ELEVEN

Edited by Dennis Freedman. Text by Mary Gaitskill. Interview with the artist by Jeff Rian Between 1997 and 2008, Philip-Lorca diCorcia completed eleven photographic portfolios in collaboration with W magazine’s creative director Dennis Freedman. For...

Artist: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Edited by Dennis Freedman, Creative Director at W magazine, and featuring text by Mary Gaitskill, this comprehensive publication coincided with the first exclusive exhibition of fashion photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia in New York. The book also includes an interview with the artist by musician, teacher, and writer Jeff Rian. Published by Freedman Damiani.

Installation view of the exhibition Philip-Lorca diCorcia: ELEVEN at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2011.
Installation view of the exhibition Philip-Lorca diCorcia: ELEVEN at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2011.
Installation view of the exhibition Philip-Lorca diCorcia: ELEVEN at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2011.
Installation view of the exhibition Philip-Lorca diCorcia: ELEVEN at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2011.
Installation view of the exhibition Philip-Lorca diCorcia: ELEVEN at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2011.
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled W, September 1997, #9, dated 1997.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

W, September 1997, #9, 1997
Archival pigment print
32 x 42 inches (81.3 x 106.7 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled W, September 1999, #2, dated 1999.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

W, September 1999, #2, 1999
Archival pigment print
32 x 42 inches (81.3 x 106.7 cm)

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