Unique David La chapelle

David Lachapelle is a zoom photographer, known by his exceptional, unique and realistic talents with meaningful message. He likes to play with incredible sets, glamorous celebrities, art history and religious influences to offer full and provocative works.

Born on March 11, 1963 in Connecticut, David LaChapelle grew up in North Carolina with his parents. Attracted by art at his very early age, he began to draw and paint what he had in mind. He discovered photography while on vacation in Puerto Rico where his mother in a bikini served as his model and he immortalizes this intimate moment close to Hollywood glamour.

At school, he discovers the bullying of gay students. Affected by the remarks of his friends, he fled his home at the age of 15 to become a waiter at the famous Studio 54 club in New York and he started to find interest in photography.

It was during a concert that his career has begun at his 19 years old. David LaChapelle met Andy Warhol, director of the magazine “Interview”, and offers to show him his photographs. The next day, his portfolio filled with dreamlike images and nude black and white bodies had convinced the Pop Art artist who hired. His first shot for the magazine was a portrait of the Beastie Boys group on Time Square in 1985.

Starting from that, his career was launched and many other magazines offered him collaborations: GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue…

A big turning situation: 

In 2006, the photographer decided to leave everything behind and devote himself to his personal projects and live far from Western consumer society.

 

 He decided to move to an organic farm in Hawaii and became a peasant. In his ecological reflections, he developed an unusual photographic project called Land Scape. It is committed against oil refineries and their impact on society and the planet. He took photos from models made with our everyday objects made from the oil industry. 

His career has brought him into contact with great names as artists as himself, allowing everyone to best express their personality in the photographer’s creations.

His current exhibitions have started from April 3 to August 30, 2020 in Germany and the UK.