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Philip-Lorca diCorcia/ ARTISTS 1900 onwards/ ART MAIN original lfff site
Born Hartford, Connecticut, 1953

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia
'Brent Booth, 21 years old, Des Moines, Iowa $30'
C-type print
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Courtesy of the artist and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
'It might be said that twilight is a muddled form of clarity. The warm glow that suffuses the ' golden hour' in Los Angeles acts to filter the grim realities, the outright lies, the self-deceptions, which allow Hollywood, and by extension, America to flourish. 'Twilight' provides the rose-coloured glasses that make it possible to see out but not see in.'  Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Philip-Lorca diCorcia made the Hollywood series (also known as The Hustlers) in an area of Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, frequented by male prostitutes and drug addicts.

The photographs are a unique mix of documentary and fantasy. Having set up the scene for each picture, diCorcia would find a man on the street and offer to pay him to appear in the photograph. The sitter's name, place of birth and the amount paid form each title.

The careful staging of light is central to diCorcia's aesthetic. For the Hollywood series, he put his camera on a tripod and used artificial and flash lighting to supplement the Los Angeles evening skies. This creates a twilight effect, with rich details and heightened colour, which bathes the sitters with a kind of exotic allure.