Philip-Lorca diCorcia's first solo exhibition 'Strangers' was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1993. Some twenty years later, this edition presents the series in its entirety. Since the late 1970s, diCorcia has pursued a distinctive photographic style that blends documentary fact with narrative fiction. Hustlers is an empathetic yet melancholic poem of the Hollywood dream gone wrong, prescribing to the heavily-staged pictorialism and happenstance of street casting for which diCorcia is most widely recognized.
Knowing precisely what he wanted from each photograph, and fearful of police involvement, diCorcia would prearrange all settings: this motel room, that vacant lot, in between cars, in a fast-food restaurant—the narrative was always deliberate. From the moment diCorcia approached a potential subject (usually around Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood), to the completion of the shoot, seldom more than one hour had passed.