Photographer David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle made a name for himself photographing celebrities that collide with consumer waste: trinkets, flowers and glory are recomposed in explosions of delirious colors. In the 1990s and early years her sleek aesthetic, which was heavily influenced by magnificent Christian and Renaissance painters, was unmistakable and was steeped in fashion editorials, commercials, and music videos.

In 2007, he quit the company after being ridiculed in some circles as shaky advertising and fled to Maui, where he lived in a nudist colony with shutters on the power grid. In a recent interview with The Guardian, David LaChapelle said he had to escape the "propaganda" entrenched in his work. “I never wanted to be a pop star again as long as I lived,” he said. “I was tortured by them.

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The photo books "Lost + Found Part I" and "Good News Part II" 

Two big book of photographs of David LaChapelle, “Lost + Found Part I” and “Good News Part II”, are characterized by this agony; He said it would be his last version. The books compile old and new works, some of which were previously unpublished. They are full of very popular people (Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Whitney Houston) doing very unpopular things (standing naked in front of tanks, bleeding from the nose).

No one could accuse LaChapelle of subtlety. However, when I looked through the volumes, I was surprised to find that his photos have aged well, perhaps because what seemed like a surreal exaggeration five or ten years ago is now embarrassingly honest. . hui. The collection represents the comprehensive style that shaped his career and is a living statement.

The book "Lost + Found Part I" 

“Lost + Found”, the darker of the two volumes, hangs a storm cloud over its parade of famous faces. In David LaChapelle's eyes, celebrities are both invincible and terminally ill. He captures them at the peak of their abundance, and yet they often look balmy, their flesh in naugahyd, their faces frozen in distant anesthetics.

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In 2011's “Siren and the Synthetic Sea,” a Katy Perry with purple hair in a mermaid's tail with sequins poses on a flood of plastic garbage in the damp blue night.

Elsewhere, Pamela Anderson, LaChapelle's longtime muse (and who introduced her to another subject, her pal Julian Assange) discovers naked on an acupuncture table pierced with long needles on the ceiling. one looks at himself in a hand mirror. The litany of glitter and patent leather, neon and sugar collections describes a world that is fed up with itself. However, there is a security hole under the candied bowl.

The cover of "Lost + Found" shows Miley Cyrus in a single cell, naked and facing the light, the soles of her feet dirty, her arms desperately raised. It's twice as artificial as anything on her Instagram account, but it seems to be twice as real.

There is an undercurrent of faith and sentiment in David Lachapelle's images, but where does that take us, if not round and round?

The book "Good News Part II" 

In the book "Good News", the second photobook in the collection, he answers that question by pushing towards utopia and giving up his dirty ideas for something fucking arrogant.

Granted, the palettes are still saturated, the storylines are still absurd, and the people are still stunningly beautiful, but as the title suggests, there is hope this time around.

David Lachapelle placed most of these photos in the lush tropics, a simple fantasy that goes well with its religious symbolism. Atria, swans, lambs and body paintings suddenly flood us. A woman washes another's feet in a golden basin. Babies are wrapped. Goats - also packaged.

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In the book "Good News", the second photography book of the collection, he answers this question by pushing towards utopia and giving up his dirty ideas for something damn arrogant.

Granted, the palettes are still saturated, the storylines are still absurd, and the people are still stunningly beautiful, but as the title suggests, there is hope this time around.

David Lachapelle placed most of these photos in the lush tropics, a simple fantasy that goes well with its religious symbolism. Atria, swans, lambs and body paintings suddenly flood us. A woman washes the feet of another in a golden basin. Babies are wrapped. Goats - also packaged.

It follows that someone like David Lachapelle who is at the mercy of extremes wants to give us his vision of paradise. He absorbed his spirit of excess in every detail and created a slapstick pastoral that feels truly disarming upon entering.

"Here is a new world" represents three sacred figures around a pink silk tent, hands folded in prayer, a waterfall flowing behind them. “Forever” watches four bubbly travelers navigate a gondola of flowers and palm leaves, one of them in a giant feather headdress.

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This is all obviously New Age, but it works as an antidote to the many poisons of "Lost + Found". LaChapelle has made no secret of his faith, and “Good News,” with one leg in Christianity and the other in pagan myth, longs for purity without becoming serious.

Critics of David Lachapelle, like his first mentor Andy Warhol, argue that his bass fetish only reinforces his triviality. It can sometimes seem like he's only looking for the brightest things on the dump.

But her photos, blinding as they are, have a penetrating power: macabre or bucolic, they can't be dismissed as kitsch, at least not now. Our fantasies and disturbances have come to the surface where LaChapelle has always sought them out.


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Who is David LaChapelle?

David LaChapelle was born on March 11, 1963 in Connecticut (USA) and grew up with his parents in North Carolina. Attracted to art at a young age, he began to draw and paint what he intended to do. He discovered photography while vacationing in Puerto Rico with his family.

His mother in a bikini is his model and he immortalizes this intimate moment close to Hollywood glamor. At school, he discovers the harassment reserved for homosexual students. Deeply touched by the statements of his comrades, he fled his home at the age of 15 and became a waiter at the famous Studio 54 Club in New York.

At this young age, he loved photography. Young David, who had settled in this vibrant and artistic city of New York, quickly made friends who encouraged him to take pictures.

Urged on by his father, he returned to school, but this time to the North Carolina School of Art.He took drawing and painting lessons there, but also photography lessons which made him know his deep love for this art.

It was during a concert that his career began when he was only 19 years old. David LaChapelle meets Andy Warhol, the director of Interview Magazine, and offers to show him his photos.

The next day, his portfolio convinced the great pop art artist with stunning photos and black-and-white nude bodies (see Good news for modern people below) who hired him as a photographer. His first recording for the magazine was a portrait of the three members of the group Beastie Boys in Time Square in 1985.

This magazine, created by Warhol in 1969, has been obsolete since the management decided on May 24, 2018 to cease publication. During David LaChapelle's day, Interview was a very influential magazine in the arts and celebrity world. His first series "Good News for Modern Man" came out when he was 21.

With the help of a friend from New York hosting a darkroom as well as an art gallery, he expresses through very dreamlike black and white photographs the metaphysical subjects that have always fascinated him: death, l soul, life, body and nakedness.

The title of the series refers to the English translation of the Bible published in 1966. This Christian culture follows the career and inspiration of David LaChapelle throughout his life with influences, questions, questioning, references ...

His photographs are not taken to please viewers. David achieves what he loves and is honest with himself so that he can produce powerful images that he likes and that maybe will please audiences. Thus the criticisms of his quirky, provocative and committed style hardly interest him.

Far from contemporary minimalism, David LaChapelle's photos are very elaborate, especially before the photoshoot. All details have been considered so that the viewer understands the message of the photo.

Photo editing is minimal and the surreal decorations are put together from scratch. For him: “It's much funnier if you want to photograph a girl sitting on a mushroom to do and sit on the mushroom than to do it on a computer. "

In addition to well-known stars, David LaChapelle also works with controversial artists such as his muse Amanda Lepore. Armand Lepore is a trans-American woman known in the world of modeling and music. Their meeting in a New York bar in the 90s was very fruitful and their collaboration has since widened.

In the photo below, the photographer has replaced the pop art portrait of Marilyn Monroe with that of Amanda. A boost to the diktat of beauty and an allusion to its model Andy Warhol.

David LaChapelle's music videos

In addition to photography, David began producing music videos, commercials and documentaries for various personalities and clients. The savvy ex-Disney singer Christina Aguilera uses her talents to direct the music video for her song Dirrty.

As the title suggests, the wise singer transforms into a sexy hip queen with very little tissue on her body. Critics fall and denounce a "post-apocalyptic orgy", as Miley Cyrus will do a few years later.

But the most original and recent music video directed by David LaChapelle is certainly that of Florence + The Machine for Spectrum. The extravagant sets and costumes blend boldly with classical dance and traditional tutus.

The great American photographer has obviously received many awards for his work. In 1995, the French photo magazine and the American photo magazine named him best new photographer of the year.

Four years later, CNN ranked him second in the list of 20 people to watch in 2000. Then in 2004, he was voted director of the year for the music video It's my Life by rock group No Doubt. Eight years later, he was named Artist of the Year by the American Friends Club of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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