Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Jul 16, 2019 - Ali Kate Cherkis

Wellfleet (Emma and Noemi, 1992) by Philip-Lorca diCorcia

© Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner


Philip-Lorca diCorcia is an American photographer based in New York City. John Szarkowski once wrote, “Philip-Lorca diCorcia involves us in the issues of story and plot by constructing tableaus that withhold information that we expect to be given.” He is masterful in his ability to blur the line between fact and fiction, carefully constructing moments that shift our minds out of the ordinary to a place of fantasy. In this way, he gives the viewer freedom to create the narrative.


I chose this image because it stares back at me from an open book on my desk. I cannot close this book. It’s been open for years. This photograph shows the quietest kind of love between mother and child. The tender care, service, and selflessness. The light on the droplets of water mimic that softness. The mother cleans her child after a summer afternoon at the beach. The only sounds are that of the water splashing on the shower deck and the purr of the cicadas. Soon they’ll go inside for dinner. It won’t be long until the fireflies emerge. It’s a fuzzy early-childhood memory. It’s a study in meditation and heart.