David LaChapelle is an American photographer and director born in 1953.
He is internationally known for his exceptional photographic talent, which combines a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages.
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David Lachapelle's career as a photographer began in the 1980s when he exhibited his work in art galleries in New York.
His work caught the attention of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. His celebrity photos in Interview magazine brought him to the attention of the general public, allowing him to be published in various leading editorial publications and create some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his generation.
David LaChapelle remains particularly inspired by provocation, and by the most exaggeratedly bimbo female models, such as Pamela Anderson and especially the transsexual Amanda Lepore, with her collagen-inflated lips and multiple face-lifts. He also likes to give a pornographic tone to his photographs, taking here and there women playing with their most inciting pout.
David LaChapelle's photos present a staging of the world and adhere perfectly to the present, of which they tell all the good, all the bad, all the useful and all the useless, despite the glamorous patina that dresses them. Men and women out of the ordinary, rich and powerful, are their subjects. Sometimes very beautiful, other times grotesque.