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David La Chapelle

David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963) is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, film director, and artist.
He is best 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 “kitschpop surrealism.”One 1996 article called him the “Fellini of photography,” a phrase that continues to be applied to him.

When LaChapelle was 17 years old, he met Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. Warhol reportedly told LaChapelle “Do whatever you want. Just make sure everybody looks good.” His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention, and before long he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications. LaChapelle’s friends during this period included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

LaChapelle’s images subsequently appeared on the covers and pages of magazines such as Details, GQ, i-D, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Face, Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, and Vogue Paris.

He has photographed personalities as diverse as Muhammad Ali, Tom Arnold, David Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Hillary Clinton, Sean Combs, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eminem, Paris Hilton, Elton John, Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Lil’ Kim, Courtney Love, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Tupac Shakur, Brooke Shields, Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, Tori Spelling, Elizabeth Taylor, and Uma Thurman. He has had particularly close professional relationships with Pamela Anderson, Isabella Blow, Daphne Guinness, Amanda Lepore, and Alexander McQueen.

 

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