Book Corner #6: Eleven

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. When you look through American photographer Philip- Lorca diCorcia's mysterious tableaux, you can't be quite sure if they were staged or not. It is this off-beat and enigmatic beauty that drove Angelo Cirimele to make his book 'Eleven' his pick of the week. 

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What I am looking for is a photo that will hold my attention; that will prevent me from turning the page like an automaton. Philip-Lorca diCorcia brilliantly manages to do this and even more impressively, he was embraced by the world of fashion that loves nothing better than moving on to the next thing. What hypnotizes me are the rays of light that run across his pictures, as if God himself was lighting the protagonists. But what is also magnetizing is the atmosphere in his photographs. Very often nocturnal, and verging on the unreal as in a Lynch movie, it makes us walk on a sort of tightrope between the staged composition and an eerie reality that might exist somewhere. In this book that gathers several series taken by diCorcia for W Magazine between 1997 and 2008, we go from town to town, but also from painting to cinema: from a picture taken on set to one taken furtively, from sanitized reality to street photography. What’s most impressive is that diCorcia still remains a photographer hired for fashion, and not a fashion photographer.  

Philip-Lorca diCorcia - 'Eleven', 2011, 252 p. Ed. Damiani.
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