Philip Lorca di Corica's Hustlers series is a favorite of mine for it's process and style . Hustlers was created in 1990-1992, and was shot along Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. The artist cast local street hustlers as his subjects and shot them mainly at dusk or at night. One would think these were random snapshots, however these photos are carefully staged and lit as the artist composed the work well. Each photo in Hustlers are titled by the subject's name, birthplace, and the amount of money they took to pose for the photograph. His work can be seen as documentary, but his emotion laden images eclipse the documentary and become narrative. His heightened sense of drama is intriguing, since they evolve from seemingly banal everyday life occurrences.
It is a shame Lorca di Corcia does not have an established website of his own. One can see his work at the David Zwirner Gallery and various museum websites. Although, information on any of his series is missing in almost any website that features his work.I recommend the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA website devoted to Hustlers at http://lacma.org/art/Exhibdicorcia.aspx. Here you will find a great interview with Lorca di Corcia conducted with Charlotte Cotton. The Q and A reveals the artists work ethic and history of the project.