Deemed by more than one news source as the first true heir to Andy Warhol, surrealist photographer David LaChapelle made headlines (and turned more than a few heads) with his flamboyant, unabashedly witty, and often outrageous images of such iconic celebrities as Lady Gaga, Jerry Springer, and Alexander McQueen to name just a few.
In time, LaChapelle became something of a one-man industry, as one of the three or four most in-demand fashion and commercial photographers of the early 21st century. He also directed a succession of music videos for various acts such as Britney Spears, Elton John, and No Doubt.
A graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts, LaChapelle landed his first job during his teens by simply approaching Andy Warhol unannounced and asking to show him his portfolio. Warhol responded to the photographs positively, and promptly secured the young man a job as a photographer for Interview magazine.
Lachapelle tends to create his own visionary world, rather than reproduce what’s visible in the world, a photography style that can be compared to no one. He has evolved his photography into an idiosyncratic and highly personal combination of reportage and surrealism.
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