Chances are, Philip-Lorca diCorcia wasn't the first man in the world to use government money to buy hustlers, but he might be the first to highlight the exact dollar amount he paid in the titles of his work. From 1990 to 1992 the photographer used his NEA grant to hire young male L.A. hookers to pose for him. The dudes set the price, often the same they charged for their other services. The results have titles like the shot above including their age and hometown, “Eddie Anderson; 21 Years Old; Houston, Texas; $20,″ and twenty-five of these prints formed his first solo show at MoMA in 1993. Yet it's taken another twenty years for the entire series to be collected in his new book, Hustlers.
DiCorcia got his MFA from Yale, where he has taught for many years. Erudite, yes, but still playful: Please enjoy the hovering Greek temple and the carefully presented meat.