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DAVID LACHAPELLE

“People say photographs don’t lie, mine do.”

David LaChapelle (nacido el 11 de marzo de 1963 en Fairfield, Connecticut, Estados Unidos) es fotógrafo y director de moda y publicidad, y es famoso por su estilo surrealista, único y humorístico en algunas ocasiones. Es conocido por ser el actor principal en el mundo de la fotografía de moda.

LaChapelle asistió a la Escuela de las Artes de Carolina del Norte y a la Escuela de Artes Visuales de Nueva York. Su primera fotografía fue de su madre soltera, Helga LaChapelle, durante unas vacaciones familiares en Puerto Rico. Ella llevaba un bikini y sostenía una copa de Martini en un balcón. Desde entonces se obsesionó con la fotografía.

La carrera profesional de David comienza en las galerías de Nueva York en los 80. A través de exposiciones en la 303 Gallery, Trabia McAffee y otras galerías, su trabajo atrajo la atención de su héroe Andy Warhol y de los editores de Interview Magazine, quienes le ofrecen su primer trabajo fotográfico profesional.

Trabajando para Interview Magazine, LaChapelle rápidamente empieza a fotografiar a algunas de las caras más famosas de todos los tiempos. Poco después, estaba disparando para las mejores publicaciones del mundo, y creando las campañas publicitarias más memorables de una generación. Sus asombrosas imágenes aparecen en las portadas y en el interior de revistas como Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone o i-D. En sus veinte años de carrera, David ha fotografiado a personalidades tan diversas como Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, o Britney Spears, por nombrar sólo a unas cuantas.

Su habilidad para crear escenas de extrema realidad usando colores ricos y vibrantes hacen que su trabajo sea inmediatamente reconocible y ampliamente imitado. Continúa inspirándose por todo lo que le rodea, desde las historia del arte y la cultura callejera a la selva Hawaiana en la que vive, creando con todo un registro y espejo de todas las facetas de la cultura popular actual. Es simplemente el único fotógrafo en activo hoy en día cuyo trabajo ha trascendido el contexto de las revistas de moda y famosos para el que fue concebido, y ha sido consagrado por la notoriamente perspicaz intelectualidad del arte contemporáneo.

David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963 Fairfield, Connecticut, United States) 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.

David LaChapelle’s photography career began in the 1980’s in New York City galleries. After attending the North Carolina School of Arts, he moved to New York where he enrolled at both the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts. With shows at 303 Gallery, Trabia McAffee and others, his work caught the eye of his hero Andy Warhol and the editors of Interview Magazine, who offered him his first professional photography job.

Working at Interview Magazine, LaChapelle quickly began photographing some of the most famous faces of the times. Before long, he was shooting for the top editorial publications of the world, and creating the most memorable advertising campaigns of a generation. His striking images have appeared on and in between the covers of magazines such as Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D. In his twenty-year career in publishing, he has photographed personalities as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name just a small selection.

His ability to create scenes of extreme reality using rich and vibrant colors makes his work instantly recognizable and often imitated. He continues to be inspired by everything from art history and street culture, to the Hawaiian jungle in where he lives, creating both a record and mirror of all facets of popular culture today. He is quite simply the only photographic artist working in the world today whose work has transcended the fashion or celebrity magazine context it was made for, and has been enshrined by the notoriously discerning contemporary art intelligentsia.

Books »

“LaChapelle Land” (1996)
“Hotel LaChapelle” (1999)
“Artists and Prostitutes” (2006)
“Heaven to Hell” (2006)


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La web de David
Página oficial de LaChapelle en Artsy
Twitter de David
Página de David en Facebook

Awards »

“OUT in Art Award” By Glaad Award

“Best New Photographer of the Year” by both French Photo and American Photo magazines.

“Photographer of the Year Award” at the VH-1 Fashion Awards.

“Art Directors Club Award” for Best Book Design for LaChapelle Land.

Best “Cutting Edge Essay” and “Style Photography” at Life magazine’s Alfred Eisenstadt Awards for Magazine Photography (the Eisies).

Honored in the “Cover of the Year” Category at the Eisies.

Won “Best Video” for Moby’s “Natural Blues” at 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 in Telluride.

Special Juried Recognition in Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of “Best Documentary” in Aspen Film Festival.

Presented with GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award for Outstanding Contributions Toward Eliminating Homophobia.

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