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David LaChapelle

 (born 1964)
David LaChapelle is active/lives in New York, California.  David LaChapelle is known for photography, video and commercial advertising directing, documentary film making.

David LaChapelle

Biography from the Archives of askART

In 1999, David  LaChapelle placed second on CNN's list of "20 to Watch in 2000".

Biography from Corcoran Fine Arts Ltd.
David LaChapelle (American, b. 1964)

After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts in New York, David LaChapelle began his career in photography working for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, and he took some of the last known photographs of Warhol.  LaChapelle's photographs tend to be outrageous and surreal and are often risqué, as demonstrated by this photograph of Eminem.

Celebrities are a common subject matter for LaChapelle, and he has taken iconic photographs of many famous figures including Pamela Anderson, Sean Combs, Quentin Tarantino, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, Elton John, Drew Barrymore, Lance Armstrong, David Beckham, and Eminem.  His celebrity photographs have appeared in magazines such as Gentlemen's Quarterly, Vogue, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.

LaChapelle is also a highly sought after music video director; he has created videos for Elton John, Mariah Carey, Moby, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, and Hillary Duff.   In addition to his photography and music video direction, LaChapelle has directed advertisements for Diesel, Burger King, H&M, Nokia, L'Oreal, and Tommy Hilfiger.  LaChapelle's Rize, a documentary film about urban dancing in Los Angeles, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and received much critical praise.
The following pages document LaChapelle's achievements, exhibitions, and solo books.


1995  Named "Best New Photographer of the Year" by both French Photo and American Photo magazines
1996  "Photographer of the Year Award" at the VH-1 Fashion Awards
1996  "Applied Photography of the Year Award" from The International Center of Photography
1997  Art Directors Club Award for Best Book Design for LaChapelle Land
1998  Best "Cutting Edge Essay" and "Style Photography" at Life magazine's Alfred Eisenstadt Awards for Magazine Photography (the Eisies)
1999  Honored in the "Cover of the Year" category at the Eisies
1999  Placed second on CNN's list of "20 to Watch in 2000"

2008  Jesus is My Homeboy", Tefaf, Maastricht, Netherlands; March 2008
2008  "DAVID LACHAPELLE," Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy; September 2007- January 2008
2007  "David LaChapelle: Heaven to Hell," Malba Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007  "Awakened," Goss Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2007  "Awakened," Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
2007  "Men, War & Peace," Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany
2007  "Heaven to Hell," Jablonka Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007  "The Other Side #2," Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
2006  VIP: Very Important Portraits, Capodimonte Museum, Naples, Italy
2006  "Pictures for Italian Vogue," Staley Wise Gallery, New York, NY
2006  Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery in Collaboration with La Galerie Du XX Siecle Gallery, Paris, France
2005  Kals 'Art Exhibition, Palermo, Italy
2005  Goss Gallery Grand Opening, Dallas, Texas
2005  Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005  Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
2005  "Artists and Prostitutes," Deitch Gallery, New York, New York
2005  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
2003  "All American," Montblanc International, Rockfeller Center, New York, New York
2003  Moscow Photo Festival, James Gallery Moscow, Russia
2002  Barbican Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2002  "Kunsthaus," Wien, Austria
2002  "All American," Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
2002  "LaChapelle," Kunsthaus, Vienna, Austria
2001  "Fish Stick," Camerawork Berlin, Germany
2001  "Photology," Villa Impero Bologna, Italy
2000  Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
2000  Hot Flash at Palacia Pombal, Lisbon Portugal
2000  Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000  "Femmes plus que femmes," Museu de Arte Brazileira Sao Paolo, Brazil
1999  "Photoplus Expo," Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
1999  20th Festival de la Mode Galleries, LaFayette, Paris, France
1999  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1999  "Fish Stick," presented by Tony Shafrazi & Interview Magazine Float, New York City
1999  Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
1999  "The Beautiful & Bizarre," School Of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1998  Palacio Pombal, Lisbon, Portugal
1998  "LaChapelle Land," Les Rencontres D'Arles Arles, France
1997  "LaChapelle Land," Parko Tokyo, Japan
1997  "Photology," Milano, Italy
1996  "LaChapelle Land," Staley Wise Gallery, New York, NY
1995  "Javier", Cibachromes Trabia MacAfee, New York, NY
1993  "PomPom Croissant," Tomoko Ligouri Gallery, New York, NY
1991  "Facility of Movement," Tomoko Liqouri Gallery, New York, New York
1989  "Don't Bungle the Jungle" (Group Exhibition), Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
1989  "The Center Show" Group Exhibition, The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, New York
1989  "Mirrors Of God" & "Intervention St. Lucy," Trabia- MacAfee Gallery, New York, New York
1989  Santa Fe Center for Photography Exhibition, California
1989  "Life Never Dies," Slide Exhibitions Mars, New York, New York
1989  "Somewhere Better," Trabia-MacAffee Gallery, New York, New York
1988  "Grand Windows," Group Exhibition Grand Central Station, New York, New York     
1988  "Your Needs Met," 56 Bleecker Gallery, New York, New York
1986  "Taking Pictures is Fun," Palladium, New York, New York
1984  "Angels, Saints, Martyrs," 303, New York, New York
1984  "Good News for Modern Man," 303, New York, New York

2006   Heaven to Hell Taschen Publishing
2006   LaChapelle, Artists and Prostitutes Taschen Publishing
1999   Hotel Lachapelle Callaway Editions
1996   LaChapelle Land Callaway Editions

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About  David LaChapelle

Born:  1964
Known for:  photography, video and commercial advertising directing, documentary film making