David LaChapelle is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages. LaChapelle's photography career began in the 1980's when he began showing his artwork in New York City galleries. His work caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview Magazine. His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention, and before long he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications and creating some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his generation.

Selected Works

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    David LaChapelle
    The Rape Of Africa

    David LaChapelle: The Rape of Africa, 2009
    Hardcover linen with embossed details
    30.5 x 24.5 x 1 cm

    Artworks by David LaChapelle
    Book and cover design by Alex Daniels
    Essays by Colin Wiggins and Wim Pijbes

    Edition of 3000
    Published by Reflex Editions
    36 pages
    ISBN 978-90-71848-07-0
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Selected Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions

Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

Selected Publications

Press Features

  • David LaChapelle lectures at Ostlicht Galerie

  • BBC HARDtalk with artist David LaChapelle

  • David LaChapelle Makes Music Video for Grammy-Nominated Song "Take Me to Church" from Hozier

  • David LaChapelle exhibition 'Gas Stations' at The Edward Hopper House

  • Vice Meets David LaChapelle

  • Diesel and David LaChapelle present: MAKE LOVE NOT WALLS

  • 'I never wanted to shoot another pop star - I was tortured by them' | Interview David LaChapelle | The Guardian

  • What Can David LaChapelle's Celebrity-Fuelled Fantasias Tell Us Now? | The New Yorker

  • David LaChapelle | Solo Exhibition at Groninger Museum

  • David LaChapelle | Zondeval en paradijs met glitters erbij | in Trouw

  • David LaChapelle | Provocerende zoekplaten | in Het Parool

  • Documentary David LaChapelle 'Evening in Space' by ACNE | CLICK TO VIEW

  • David LaChapelle | Flowers & Mushrooms

  • David LaChapelle | National Geographic magazine Photo Seminar

  • David LaChapelle | In God We Trust | Group Exhibition at Galeria Sztuki

  • Artsy | 7 David LaChapelle Photographs That Reframe Religious Imagery | by Elyssa Goodman