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 1980s, 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 Angelina Jolie, Alexander McQueen, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Elton John, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name a few. LaChapelle has had record breaking solo museum exhibitions at Barbican Museum, London (2002); Palazzo Reale, Milan (2007); Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2009); Musee de La Monnaie, Paris (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan (2010); and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2010). In 2011, he had a major exhibition of new work at The Lever House, New York and retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul, and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague.