David Lachapelle Biography
David LaChapelle is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, and film director. He is popularly known for his photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages.
His photographic style has been described as “hyper-real and slyly subversive” and as “kitsch pop surrealism”. David was once called the Fellini of photography. He has worked for international publications and has had his work exhibited in commercial galleries and institutions around the world.
David Lachapelle Age
David was born on Mach 11, 1963 in Hartford, Connecticut. He is 58 years old.
David Lachapelle Family
David was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the son of Philip and Helga LaChapelle. He has a sister Sonja and a brother Philip. Until he was nine years old his family lived in Hartford. David has started to have loved the public schools in Connecticut and thrived in their art program as a child and teenager.
However, he struggled with bullying growing up. He then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina with his family, where they lived until he was fourteen, before moving back to Fairfield, Connecticut.
David was bullied in his North Carolina school for being gay. He ran away from home to become a busboy at Studio 54 in New York City when he was 15 years old. After some time he went back to North Carolina to enroll in the North Carolina School of Arts.
David’s first photograph was of his mother, Helga LaChapelle, on a family vacation in Puerto Rico. He credits his mother for influencing his art direction in the way she set up scenes for family photos in his youth.
David Lachapelle Wife
David is gay. In the mid-1980s, David lost his then-boyfriend to AIDSWhile living in London. He married the female publicist of the UK popstar Marilyn and the marriage lasted a year. David is bipolar, but as he considers drugs to not work for him, he is careful to monitor his health.
David Lachapelle Photography
Themes in David’s art photography, which he has developed in his Maui home, include salvation, redemption, paradise, and consumerism. It is clear that his moving in this, “new direction highlights his interest and understanding of both contemporary practice and art history”.
David’s images “both bizarre and gorgeous have forged a singular style that is unique, original, and perfectly unmistakable. His photographs have been collected in a number of books. LaChapelle Land (1996) was selected as one of 101 “Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” and is “highly valued by collectors”.
His second book, Hotel LaChapelle (1999), was described as a “garish, sexy, enchanting trip”. Heaven to Hell (2006) featured “almost twice as many images as its predecessors”, and “is an explosive compilation of new work by the visionary photographer.” LaChapelle, Artists, and Prostitutes (2006), a limited-edition, signed, numbered book contains 688 pages of photographs taken between 1985 and 2005. Artists and Prostitutes were published by Taschen and include a photograph of the publisher Benedikt Taschen in a sadomasochism scene.
David Lachapelle Exhibition
David had an exhibition at The Lever House in New York by 2011. In that same year, he had also retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, the Hanagaram Design Museum in Seoul, and Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague.
In the years which followed, his works were also exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in LA (2012), the Musee d’Orsay in Paris (2013), and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. (2014). David’s retrospective at Fotografiska Museet in Sweden (2013), was the largest solo artist show the museum had ever exhibited.
David exhibited his series, ‘Land Scape’ in New York, Vienna, London, and Paris in 2014. Other shows include OstLicht Galerie fur Fotografie in Vienna, Austria, MAC Lima in Peru, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni in Rome, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Chile.
David’s work was showcased at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, DSC Gallery in the Czech Republic, at several venues in Montevideo in Uruguay, and at the Edward Hopper House in New York in 2016. David exhibited ten of his series for a couple of months in 2018. In one big exhibition, which is named, Good News For Modern Man, in the Groninger Museum (The Netherlands).
David Lachapelle Amanda Lepore
Amanda Lepore is also noted as a regular subject in photographer David’s work, serving as his muse. David got his first photography job from Andy Warhol for the just-launched “Interview” magazine. From there on, he began a lively artistic exchange with Warhol. David enjoyed benign around Warhol and his factory – a Pop-Art playground, that substantially influenced him.
David Lachapelle Book
Some of David’s book includes;
Still Life (Galerie Daniel Templon and Communic’Art, 2013)
Land Scape: At Paul Kasmin Gallery (Damiani, 2013)
David LaChapelle, Land Scape: At Robilant & Voena (Pure Print, 2014)
Once in the Garden at OstLicht: Galerie fur Fotografie, (Brandstatter Verlag, 2014)
David LaChapelle: Fotografia1s, (Tarea Asociacion Gradica Educativa, 2015)
David LaChapelle: Dopo il Dilulvio, (Giunti Arte Mostre Musei, 2015)
Botticelli Reimagined (Harry N. Abrams, 2016)
Lost + Found Part I. Taschen, 2017.
Good News Part II. Taschen, 2017.
David Lachapelle Lil Kim
For every famous person, their public image is their most important visiting card. David LaChapelle knows this very well and aims at capturing this aspect in order to describe, exuberantly and wickedly, their narcissistic nature and their exhibitionist attitude. David LaChapelle‘s Star System is a series of photographs where normality is simply out, and every type of excess is in.
David Lachapelle Net Worth
David is a photographer and director who has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
David Lachapelle Prints
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