Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s surreal photographs of people and places have been part of the art world’s vocabulary for over 20 years now. He’s used the photograph gaze to turn observable reality into stinging fictions and his current exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, A Thousand Polaroids, takes a look at some of his most influential series. The exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cotton, includes images from Hustlers, Streetwork, Heads, and Lucky 13 but it also features a staggering installation of 1,000 Polaroid photographs. DiCorcia has been accumulating these Polaroid images for two decades and, in this video, he discusses his decision to combine these images in a single project. He decided to “intentionally create chance,” letting the images relate to each other intuitively and illogically, creating an ebb and flow between ideas that emerged over the course of his career.
DiCorcia studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston before receiving an MFA from Yale University. His received his first solo show in 1985 and has since exhibited at MoMA, the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, and Whitechapel Gallery in London. He also participated in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. A Thousand Polaroids will be on view through September 14th.