© David LaChapelle
© David LaChapelle
© David LaChapelle

DAVID LACHAPELLE

Born in Connecticut in 1963, David LaChapelle took his first picture (a Polaroid) when he was six. In 1978 he moved to New York, and he approached the world of art working at the Factory with Andy Warhol; soon after he was invited to work for the iconic magazine Interview. Thanks to his cooperation with important magazines, he became very popular in the fashion world for his strong staged irreverent pictures of models and pop stars. He collaborated with the most famous names in the fashion world such as Giorgio Armani (with his first art-video Salvation Armani) and Jean-Paul Gaultier. He has been commissioned pictures of movie stars by Vanity Fair (Leonardo Di Caprio as Marlon Brando, Angelina Jolie, etc…) and of music icons (Madonna as a siren or Elton John with a collaboration in creating stages and music videos). Photology discovered his genius in 1997 with his first solo show in Europe at the gallery in Milano. Other David LaChapelle retrospectives were organized by Photology in Bologna (2001) and Palermo (2005). His works have been shown in Museum worldwide ever since. Important exhibitions were in Milano (Palazzo Reale,2008), New York (Brooklin Museum of Art, 2009), Toronto (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 2010), London (National Portrait Gallery, 2011), Busan, South Korea (Bexco Art Center, 2012). Photology published LaChapelle’s work in a pocket size edition (book available for sale) in 2001. He now lives between Hawaii and California.