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By GREG COOK  |  June 6, 2007

There’s nothing more tiresome than arty photos of strippers. For diCorcia, that seems part of the draw: “I had to fight the idea of originality in doing this subject,” he said at an exhibition preview. He keeps dissecting photography — not by taking apart its form but by disassembling its concepts. Remove authenticity, stage fake documentary pictures, invent hollow decisive moments, shoot actual documentary photos but set the stage or screw with the technique so that it looks as if they’d been posed in a studio, dissect the photo essay, and, finally, be unoriginal. This exploration makes diCorcia’s work compelling, important even, but it doesn’t always make for satisfying pictures.

‘Philip-Lorca diCorcia’ | Institute Of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | Through September 3

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