keeping it real?
Coney Island, 1994 (2003)
Though they seem to capture random moments in time, Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s photos are far more elaborately stage-managed than they appear. It’s not unusual for him to have his subjects reenact the same pose umpteen times and go through dozens of test shots to get the picture he’s after—he was subtly manipulating real life three decades before the onslaught of reality TV. Now his influence is being acknowledged by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, which is hosting a career-surveying exhibit of his work. If your travels take you to the north east this summer, it’s definitely worth a detour.
Photo: Philip-Lorca diCorcia / Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York