Although the photographs of Philip-Lorca diCorcia (b. 1951) often appear spontaneous and momentary, his output is actually defined by meticulous planning and detailed execution. His images regularly involve family members and a variety of selected individuals and strangers found on the streets, which allows diCorcia to create fiction out of reality. One such collection is East of Eden, an ongoing project that began in 2008 and narrates the collapse of the American Dream; the notion that anyone can achieve anything. The artist began this series during the economic and political struggles at the end of the Bush era, and the photographs deal with disillusionment, guilt and ultimately the conflict between desire and need. This autumn, diCorcia’s work appears in two solo exhibitions at David Zwirner, with East of Eden running in London until 16 November and Hustlers in New York until 2 November.