DAVID TAKING A PICTURE OF ANDY, BY PAIGE POWEL, 1986
Born in 1963 in Connecticut, David LaChapelle is a photographer and director who works on the turf of advertising, fine art, entertainment and fashion. He is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages.
SISTER MOON, 2019
REBIRTH OF VENUS, 2009
PASSION DE FLEURS, 2017
What brought him to the top of the art world were his photos of some of the most recognizable faces on the planet he made with his surreal, unique and often humorous style. His photos, as blinding as they are, have an intense penetrating force. "I believe in a visual language that should be as strong as the written word."
NAOMI CAMPBELL, THE RAPE OF AFRICA , 2009
ELIZABETH TAYLOR, NATIONAL VELVET, 1999
DAPHNE GUINNESS, EVENING IN SPACE, 2015
MY OWN MARILYN, 2002
KIM KARDASHIAN, 2018
LaChapelle’s photography career began in the 1980’s when his work caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview Magazine. Before long, he was shooting striking covers for Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, i-D...
Once interested in exploring themes of mortality and transcendence through fine art – mostly black and white images - David then decided to go into a 'full Pop art mode'. "Of all the photographers inventing surreal images, it was LaChapelle who has the potential to be the genre’s Magritte'” -Richard Avedon, New York Times
LEONARDO DI CAPRIO, UNSPOILED, 1996
EMINEM, ABOUT TO BLOW, 1999
LADY GAGA, LA NATIVITE LAS VEGAS, 2018
DAVID BOWIE, SELF PRESERVATION, 1995
ELTON JOHN, EGG ON HIS FACE, 1999
After establishing himself as a fixture in contemporary photography, David, decided to branch out a bit. He began directing music videos for numerous artists. documentary films, and even a few live theatrical events – most notably Elton John’s The Red Piano.
ELTON JOHN, THE RED PIANO, 2004-2009
ELTON JOIHN, CANDLE IN THE WIND , 2007
WHITNEY HOUSTON, CLOSED, EYES, 2000
AMY WINEHOUSE , TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN, 2007
AALIYAH, ONE IN A MILLION, 2000
Over the years, David has collaborated on special projects with a vast range of clients and brands such as Diesel, Montblanc, Coca Cola, Perrier, and Audi.
MAKE LOVE NOT WAR, DIESEL, 2016
THIERRY MUGLER COUTURISSIME, EXHIBITION 2019
GALERIES LAFAYETTE, FASHION FESTIVAL, 1999
TRAVIS SCOTT, ASTROWORLD, 2018
TOGETHER, 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COCA COLA BOTTLE, 2015
David, inspired by everything from traditional art history to street culture, is always successful no matter in what medium he is testing himself in.
FAYE DUNAWAY, DAY OF THE LOCUST, 1996
KANYE WEST & CHANCE THE RAPPER, THE LIFE OF PABLO, 2016
SARAH, AWAKENED, 2007
His burgeoning interest in film led him to make the short documentary Krumped, an award-winner at Sundance from which he developed RIZE, a feature film that was chosen to open the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
He has published numerous books of his work, including 'Hotel LaChapelle', 'Artists and Prostitutes', 'Heaven to Hell', 'LaChapelle Land' and more recenrly 'Good news part II' and 'Lost and found part I '.
LOST+FOUND PART I, 2017
LACHAPELLE LAND, 1996
HOTEL LACHAPELLE, 2008
David LaChapelle’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Solo exhibitions of his work have opened worldwide. Upcoming & Current Exhibitions: . 'Dior: From Paris to the World', Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, Texas, May 19 – September 1 . 'LaChapelle: Act of Nature', Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 1 - July 20 . 'Acts of God, La Venaria Reale', Turin, Italy, June 14 - January 6 . Thierry Mugler: Conturissime, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC, March 2 – September 8 . Michael Jackson On the Wall , Bundekunsthalle, Bonn, Germany, March 22 – July 14 . David LaChapelle, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy, April 18 - June 18
GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN, EXHIBITION, GRONINGEN THE NETHERLANDS, 2018