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David LaChapelle

Born in 1963 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

David LaChapelle was born on March 11, 1963 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. He is a photographer and director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique and often humorous style.

Known to be major player in the fashion photography world. LaChapelle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His first photograph was of his single mother, Helga LaChapelle, on a family vacation in Puerto Rico. She wore a bikini and held a martini glass on a balcony. From then on he was obsessed with photography.

His first professional job as a photographer was offered by Andy Warhol for Interview magazine. LaChapelle has four published books of his photographs, including "LaChapelle Land" and "Hotel LaChapelle," both containing vivid and bizarre portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Manson, Drew Barrymore and Uma Thurman.

LaChapelle's images, both bizarre and gorgeous, have forged a singular style that is unique, original and perfectly unmistakable. He has photographed personalities as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Li'l Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name just a few. Once called the Fellini of photography, LaChapelle has worked for the most prestigious international publications and has been the subject of exhibitions in both commercial galleries and leading public institutions worldwide.

In recent years LaChapelle has expanded his work to include music videos, live theatrical events and documentary film-making. His directing credits include music videos for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Moby, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, The Vines and No Doubt.

LaChapelle directed singer Elton John's show, "The Red Piano" at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, which premiered in 2004. The show features extensive use of video technology on an LED screen backing the show that, when built, was promoted as the largest and brightest of all time. Several of John's songs during the performance are accompanied by short films by LaChapelle.

LaChapelle's film "Rize," a documentary on the krumping style of dance that invaded South Central Los Angeles, premiered at Sundance in 2005 and was released theatrically that summer.

LaChapelle's work continues to be inspired by everything from art history to street culture, creating both a record and mirror of all facets of popular culture today. He is quite simply the only photographic artist currently working in the world today whose work has transcended the fashion and celebrity magazine context it was made for, and has been enshrined by the notoriously discerning and fickle contemporary art intelligentsia.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
MiART International Modern and Contemporary fair, Milan, Italie
Art Brussels Contemporary Art Fair, Bruxelles, Belgique
Still Life, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2012
Burning Beauty, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Suède
David LaChapelle, Lu.C.C.A. Museum, Lucca, Italie
Artist of the Year, American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum, New York, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, BEXCO Art Center Busan, Corée
Still Life, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Addicted to Passion, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jesus Is My Homeboy, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Allemagne
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Patricia Low Contemporary, Genève, Suisse
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Fred Torres Collaborations, New York,Etats-Unis
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Robilant + Voena, Milan, Italie
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Robilant + Voena, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Reformiere Dorfkirche, St. Moritz, Suisse

2011
Thus Spoke LaChapelle, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Autriche
David LaChapelle, Hangaram Design Museum - Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Corée
Nosotros: La Humanidad Al Borde Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte Contemporaño de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
David LaChapelle, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, Slovaquie
From Darkness to Light, Lever House, New York, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, Chine
David LaChapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanovre, Allemagne
David LaChapelle: Negative Currency and Recollections in America, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers, Serge Maruani & Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Knokke, Belgique
The Raft, De Sarthe Fine Art, Hong Kong, Chine
David LaChapelle Early Work, Michelman Fine Art, New York, Etats-Unis

2010
Post Modern Pop Photography, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv, Israël
The Rape of Africa Mocca Courtyard, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
David LaChapelle, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
David LaChapelle, Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife, Espagne
David LaChapelle: Documents of Desire & Disasters, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Istanbul, Turquie
American Jesus, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
The Rape of Africa, Robilant + Voena, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Eden, Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgique

2009
Delirium of Reason, Museo De Las Artes Guadalajara, Mexico
Retrospective, Musee de la Monnaie de Paris, Paris
Delirium of Reason, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico
Cars And Money, Wolfgang Roth + Partners, Miami, Etats-Unis
American Jesus, Sebastien Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Irlande
The Rape of Africa, David DeSanctis Gallery, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
The Rape of Africa, Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

2008
David LaChapelle, Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italie
David LaChapelle, National Museum, Cracovie, Pologne
David LaChapelle, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Suède
Heaven to Hell / Bellezas y Desastres, MUBE Museum, Sao Paulo, Brésil
Jesus is My Homeboy, Wolfgang Roth + Partners, Miami, Etats-Unis
Jesus is My Homeboy, Robilant + Voena, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Auguries of Innocence, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Jesus is my Homeboy, St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Suisse
Jesus is My Homeboy, TEFAF (Rafael Jablonka), Maastricht, Pays-Bas

2007
David LaChapelle, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italie
Heaven to Hell / Bellezas y Desastres, MALBA Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentine
Awakened, Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife, Espagne
Awakened, Frieze (Rafael Jablonka), Londres, Royaume-Uni
David LaChapelle, La Galerie Delphine Pastor, Monaco
Awakened, Goss Gallery, Dallas, Etats-Unis
Awakened, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

2006
VIP: Very Important Portraits, Capodimonte Museum, Naples, Italie
Men & War, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Allemagne
Heaven to Hell, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Allemagne
David LaChapelle, La Galerie Du XX ( w/ Maruani Noirhomme), Paris

2005
David LaChapelle, KALS'ART, Palermo, Italie
David LaChapelle Pictures for Italian Vogue, Staley Wise Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Grand Opening : David LaChapelle, Goss Gallery, Dallas, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
David LaChapelle, Maruani Noirhomme Gallery, Knokke, Belgique
Artists Prostitutes, Deitch Projects, New York, Ettats-Unis

2004
Portraits of Musicians, Palais Kinsky - Rudolf Budja Galerie, Freyung, Vienne, Autriche

2003
All American, Rockefeller Center (Montblanc International), New York, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, Moscow Photo Festival (James Gallery), Moscou, Russie

2002
David LaChapelle, Barbican Museum, Londres, Royaume-Uni
LACHAPELLE, Vienna Kunsthaus, Vienne, Autriche
All American, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

2001
David LaChapelle, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italie
Fish Stick, Camerawork Gallery, Berlin, Allemagne
David LaChapelle, Photology (Villa Impero), Bologne, Italie
David LaChapelle, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Etats-Unis

2000
Femmes Plus Que Femmes, Museo de Arte Brazileira, San Paulo, Brésil
David LaChapelle, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis

1999
20th Festival de la Mode, Galeries LaFayette, Paris
Hotel LaChapelle, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italie
The Beautiful & Bizarre, School of Visual Arts, New York, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

1998
David LaChapelle, Palacio Pombal, Portugal
LaChapelle Land, Les Recontres D'Arles, Arles

1997
LaChapelle Land, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japon
LaChapelle Land, Photology, Milan, Italie

1996
LaChapelle Land, Staley Wise Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

1995
Javier Cibachromes, Trabia MacAfee, New York, Etats-Unis

1991
Facility of Movement, Tomoko Ligouri Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

1989
David LaChapelle, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fé, Etats-Unis
Life Never Dies, Mars, New York, Etats-Unis
Mirrors of God + the Intervention of St. Lucy, Trabia MacAfee Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Somewhere Better, Trabia MacAfee Gallery, New York, Etyats-Unis

1988
Your Needs Met, 56 Bleecker Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

1986
Taking Pictures is Fun, Palladium, New York, Etats-Unis

1984
Angels, Saints, & Martyrs, 303 Gallery (Lisa Spellman/ Colin Deland), New York, Etats-Unis
Good News for Modern Man, 303 Gallery (Lisa Spellman/ Colin Deland), New York, Etats-Unis

GROUP SHOWS

2013
In God we Trust, Zacheta National Galerie, Varsovie, Poland

2012
About Caravaggio Visioni & Illusioni Contemporanee, Rome, Italie
Figure and Form in Contemporary Photography, LACMA- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
Everywhere and Nowhere, Oberstdorf, Villa Jauss, Allemagne
Making History, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Francfort, Allemagne
David LaChapelle, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, Frieze Art Fair, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Unnatural - Natural History, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Royaume-Uni
Earth Laughs in Flowers, The Solo Project, Bâle, Suisse
The Haberdashery East, Eric Firestone Gallery, Hampton, Etats-Unis
Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
MIA, Milan Image Art Fair, Robilant + Voena, Milan, Italie
MIART, Milan International Modern And Contemporary Art Fair, Robilant + Voena, Milan, Italie
Group Show, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Suisse

2011
Cocktail Culture, Norton Museum of Art, Norton, Etats-Unis
Leonardo. Il Genio il Mito, Venaria Reale, Turin, Italie
Role Models and Role Playing, Museum Der Moderne Salzburg, Salzbourg, Autriche
The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier : From the Street to the Stars, The Montreal Museum Of Fine Art, Montréal, Canada
Beauty Culture, Annenberg Space For Photography, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
Face Off: Contemporary Portraits by Contemporary Artists, Lyman Allyn Museum, New Londres, Etats-Unis
Body Gestures, Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art, Israël
The Lords and the New Creatures, NYE+BROWN, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
Boarders and Frontiers: Globalization, Temporality & Appropriation in the Contemporary Image, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Etats-Unis

2010
Pervasive Influence :The Mechanical Bride, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
David LaChapelle, New Britain, Central Connecticut State University, Etats-Unis
Atopia, Arte Y Ciudad en el Siglo XXI, CCB, Barcelona, Espagne
Real Interface, Gana Art Busan, Busan, Corée
Popular : Brands Symbols Icons 1960-2010, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Allemagne
Frieze Art Fair, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Restart, Tavi Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israël
Divine Comedy, Sotheby's Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Real Interface, Gana Art, Busan, Corée
Knock Knock: That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York, Etats-Unis
David LaChapelle, Photo LA Presented by LACMA, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis

2009
Who Shot Rock & Roll, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Etats-Unis
Rape of Africa, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan, Italie
Frieze Art Fair, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Who Shot Rock & Roll, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Etats-Unis
Pop My Cherry, Patricia Low Contemporary, Genève, Suisse
Naked!, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

2008
Vanity Fair Portraits, LACMA, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
Vanity Fair Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
REVERB, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Allemagne
Love Love Love, Jose Martos Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

2006
Men, War, & Peace, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Allemagne
The Other Side #2, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Magritte, Williams, LaChapelle, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

2000
Il Secolo Della Fotoarte, Villa Impero, Bologne, Italie

1989
The Center Show, The Lesbian + Gay Center, New York, Etats-Unis
Don't Bungle The Jungle, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

1988
Grand Windows, Grand Central Station, New York, Etats-Unis


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

LACMA- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israël
National Portrait Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart, Allemagne
La Monnaie de Paris, Paris
LVMH Foundation, Paris
Brandhorst Foundation, Munich, Allemagne
Serge Delsemme Foundation, Belgique


AWARDS

Artiste de l’année, American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum
Featured Speaker, National Geographic Magazine Photography Seminar 2012
OUT in Art Award, GLAAD Award
Meilleur nouveau photographe de l’année, French Photo and American Photo magazines
ICP Infinity Award de photographie appliquée
Prix de l’artiste de l’année, the VH-1 Fashion Awards
Art Directors Club Award for Best Book Design for LaChapelle Land
Best Cutting Edge Essay and Style Photography, Life magazine's Alfred
Eisenstadt Awards for Magazine Photography (the Eisies)
Cover of the Year Category, the Eisies
Best Video for Moby's Natural Blues, the MTV Europe Music Awards
12th Annual MVPA Awards - Adult Contemporary Video of the Year - Elton John
This Train Don't Stop There Anymore
13th Annual MVPA Awards - Winner Director of the Year - Best Rock Video of the Year for No Doubt It's My Life
Special Juried Prize Mountainfilm, Telluride
Special Juried Recognition, Sundance Film Festival
Best Documentary, Aspen Film Festival
Presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award for Outstanding Contributions Toward Eliminating Homophobia

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