Göttingen: SteidlDangin, 2013. 1st Edition. Large folio, publisher's yellow cloth, spine and upper board stamped in red and blue, gray endpapers, original acetate dust jacket.
First edition of American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia's quasi-documentary collection of 66 deliberately staged color portraits of male prostitutes on and around Santa Monica Boulevard. In 1989 the National Endowment for the Arts granted diCorcia a $45,000 fellowship, shortly after the agency had come under fire for supporting artists deemed obscene, most notably Robert Mapplethorpe. The fellowship required diCorcia to sign a document promising not to use the money to make obscene work, galvanizing him to embark on his "Hustlers" project. Starting in the early 1990s diCorcia began taking trips to Los Angeles, seeking men to pose in his pre-staged scenes in motels and on the street, and paying them with money from the NEA. "You're supposed to have all the freedom that our Constitution allows, except the freedom to choose your freedom. None of those guys were free – they charged for their services, for a faked sense of what passes for intimacy in the realm they left behind. They barely found a place to sleep or get high afterwards, but they accomplished the most sublime trade, their artistry: Nothing for Nothing." diCorcia's original notebooks and preliminary Polaroid studies are reproduced in a separate section following the plates. Fine. Item #693