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.