• David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
  • David Lachapelle
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About the artist

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.

LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed personalities as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name a few.

After establishing himself as a fixture in contemporary photography, LaChapelle decided to branch out and direct music videos, live theatrical events, and documentary films. His directing credits include music videos for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Moby, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, The Vines and No Doubt. His stage work includes Elton John’s The Red Piano and the Caesar’s Palace spectacular he designed and directed in 2004. His burgeoning interest in film led him to make the short documentary Krumped, an award-winner at Sundance from which he developed RIZE, the feature film acquired for worldwide distribution by Lion’s Gate Films. The film was released in the US and internationally in the Summer of 2005 to huge critical acclaim, and was chosen to open the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

In 2006, LaChapelle decided to minimize his participation in commercial photography, and return to his roots by focusing on fine art photography. Since then, he has been the subject of exhibitions in both commercial galleries and leading public institutions around the world. He has had record breaking solo museum exhibitions at the Barbican Museum, London (2002), Palazzo Reale, Milan (2007), Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2009), the Musee de La Monnaie, Paris (2009), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. In 2011, he has had a major exhibition of new work at The Lever House, New York and retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (through March 2012), the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul (through February 2012) and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (through February 2012).

David LaChapelle continues to be inspired by everything from art history and street culture, to the Hawaiian jungle in which he lives, projecting an image of twenty-first century pop culture through his work that is both loving and critical. He is quite simply the only photographic artist working today who has transitioned flawlessly from the world of fashion and celebrity photography to be enshrined by the notoriously discerning contemporary art intelligentsia.

David Lachapelle

Request about this work
The Rape of Africa
2009
24 x 55 inch / 60 x 140 cm, 35 x 80 inch / 90 x 200 cm, 52 x 120 inch / 130 x 300 cm
Chromogenic print
Sandro Boticelli
Venus and Mars
ca. 1484
Tempera on panel
69 x 173 cm
The National Gallery, London
Inspiration source for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the David LaChapelle Studio.
Sketch for
The Rape of Africa
23 x 20 cm
Study for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the artist.
2009
graphite on paper
Sketch for
The Rape of Africa
23 x 40 cm
Study for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the artist.
2009
watercolor, collage, graphite on paper
Sketch for
The Rape of Africa
23 x 20 cm
Study for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the artist.
2009
watercolor, collage, graphite on paper
Sketch for
The Rape of Africa
23 x 40 cm
Study for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the artist.
2009
watercolor, collage, graphite on paper
Sketch for
The Rape of Africa
23 x 20 cm
Study for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the artist.
2009
watercolor, collage, graphite on paper
Sketch for
The Rape of Africa
23 x 40 cm
Study for the book 'The Rape Of Africa' produced by Reflex Amsterdam in collaboration with the artist.
2009
watercolor, collage, graphite on paper
Ruth
from the series
Awakened
60 x 50 cm | 100 x 75 cm | 150 x 125 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
Job
from the series
Awakened
60 x 50 cm | 100 x 75 cm | 150 x 125 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
After The Deluge: Museum
from the series
Museum
60 x 80 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
Jesse
from the series
Awakened
60 x 50 cm | 100 x 75 cm | 150 x 125 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
Daniel
from the series
Awakened
60 x 50 cm | 100 x 75 cm | 150 x 125 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
Cathedral
60 x 80 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
After The Deluge: Statue
from the series
Museum
80 x 60 cm
2007
Chromogenic print
Last Supper
from the series
Jesus Is My Homeboy
75 x 100 cm
2003
Chromogenic print
Anointing
from the series
Jesus Is My Homeboy
50 x 60 cm | 75 x 100 cm | 125 x 150 cm
2003
Chromogenic print
The House At The End Of The World
Chromogenic print
50 x 60 cm | 75 x 100 cm | 125 x 150 cm
2005
Chromogenic print
The House At The End Of The World
50 x 60 cm | 75 x 100 cm | 125 x 150 cm
2005
Chromogenic print
Courtney Love
60 x 50 cm | 100 x 75 cm | 150 x 125 cm
2006
Chromogenic print
Courtney Love
50 x 60 cm | 75 x 100 cm | 125 x 150 cm
2006
Chromogenic print
Lil' Kim
60 x 50 cm | 100 x 75 cm | 150 x 125 cm
2004
Chromogenic print
Amanda As Andy Warhol's Liz
(white)
50 x 50 cm | 75 x 75 cm | 125 x 125 cm
2003
Chromogenic print
This Is My House
50 x 60 cm | 75 x 100 cm | 125 x 150 cm
1997
Chromogenic print

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

“Hamster—Hipster—Hand: Under the Spellbound of the Mobile Phone” MUSEUM ANGEWANDTE KUNST, Frankfurt, Germany

“The Botticelli Renaissance” GEMÄLDEGALERIE KULTUREFORUM, Berlin, Germany

2014

“Images 2014,” Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, CT

“Beyond Earth Art,” Cornell University: Johnson Museum of Art, New York

“Possession,” University of Nevada, Sheppard Contemporary, Reno, Nevada

“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.” BROOKLYN MUSEUM, NYC

“A Queen Within,” WOLRD CHESS HALL OF FAME, Saint Louis, Missouri

“Cabinets de Curiosities,” LE MUSEE SAINTE-CROIX, France

2013

BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER PORTRAIT GALLERY, Munich, Germany

“Masculin Masculin, L’Homme nu dans l’art de 1800 à nos jours (Masculine Masculine, The nude man in art from 1800 to the present day).” MUSEE D’ORSAY, Paris, France

“Those Who Were Seen Dancing Were Thought to be Insane By Those Who Could Not Hear the Music ,” FRIEDMAN BENDA GALLERY, NYC

“Divine Bodies,” Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK

“Krakow Photomonth Fesitval,” NATIONAL MUSEUM IN KRAKOW, Krakow, Poland

2012

“About Caravaggio Visioni & Illusioni Contemporanee,” MUSEO TUSCOLANO SCUDERIE ALDOBRANDINI, Rome, Italy

“Earth Laughs in Flowers,” The Solo Project, Basel

“The Haberdashery,” ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY, East Hampton, NY

“Figure and Form in Contemporary Photography,” LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

“Everywhere and Nowhere,” VILLA JAUSS, Oberstdorf, Germany

“Making History,” MUSEUM FUR MODERNE KUNST FRANKFURT, Frankfurt, Germany

2011

“Cocktail Culture,” NORTON MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Palm Beach

“Daphne Guinness,” FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, New York

“Face Off: Portraits by contemporary Artists,” LYMAN ALLAN ART MUSEUM, New London

“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier,” THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Montreal

2010

The Mechanical Bride,” MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART, Toronto

“Who Shot Rock + Roll,” BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York

“David LaChapelle,” PHOTO LA presented by LACMA, Los Angeles

“Knock Knock: That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore,” ARMAND BARTOS FINE ART, New York

2009

“Pop My Cherry,” LACMA, Los Angeles

“Pop My Cherry,” PATRICIA LOW CONTEMPORARY, Geneva

“Naked!” PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

“REVERB,” JABLONKA GALERIE, Berlin

2007

“Men, War, + Peace” HELMUT NEWTON FOUNDATION, Berlin

“The Other Side #2” TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York

2005

“Magritte, Williams, LaChapelle,” TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York

1989

“The Center Show,” THE LESBIAN + GAY CENTER, New York

“Don’t Bungle the Jungle,” TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York

1988

“Grand Windows,” GRAND CENTRAL STATION, New York

AWARDS

2014

Young Photographs Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award

2012

Keynote Speaker, National Geographic Magazine Photography Seminar

2010

Out in Art Award, GLAAD OutAuction, New York

2004

Best Documentary at Aspen Shortsfest for “Krumped” Special Jury Prize at Mountainfilm in Telluride for

“Krumped” Best Rock Video of the Year for No Doubt’s “It’s My Life” at 13th Annual MVPA Awards

Director of the Year for Christina Aguilera’s “Voice Within,” Jennifer Lopez’s “I’m Glad,” and No Doubt’s “It’s My Life” at 13th Annual MVPA Awards

2003

Adult Contemporary Video of the Year for Elton John’s “Original Sin” at 12th Annual MVPA Awards

2000

Best Video for Moby’s “Natural Blues” at the MTV Europe Music Awards

1998

Ranked #11 of “100 Most Important People in Photography,” American Photo magazine

1997

International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Applied Photography

1996

Photographer of the Year at the VH-1 Fashion Awards

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2011

“Thus Spoke LaChapelle,” ?evnice: Arbor Vitae

“NosOtros: la Humanidad al Borde,” San Juan, PR: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico

2009

“David LaChapelle: the Rape of Africa,” Amsterdam: Reflex,

2006

“LaChapelle, Heaven to Hell,” Köln: Taschen

“LaChapelle, Artists and Prostitutes,” Köln: Taschen

2004

“David LaChapelle,” second edition, Milan: Photology

1999

“Hotel LaChapelle,” Little Brown, Boston 1996

“LaChapelle Land,” Simon & Schuster, New York, in association with Callaway