The Spell of David LaChapelle, By David Chronister

(The cover David's 1999 published photography book)

(The cover David’s 1999 published photography book)

I would love to bring you the world of Radiant,

(Neon Chapelle)

(Neon Chapelle)

Luminous,

(Tori Amos)

(Tori Amos)

colors,  Vivid

(Bubble Pop Lady Gaga, Rolling Stone Shoot)

(Bubble Pop Lady Gaga, Rolling Stone Shoot)

and Glowing,

(Eminem Fire Cracker)

(Eminem Fire Cracker)

with an obsession and eye all his own, David LaChapelle, photographer, videographer, cinematographer, Pop Artist Etc.

(David Lachapelle via Google image search)

(David Lachapelle via Google image search)

“Just as Renaissance artists provided narratives for the era they lived in, so do I. I’m always looking beyond the surface. I’ve done that ever since I first picked up a camera.” – David LaChapelle – See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/12780/22-quotes-by-photographer-david-lachapelle/#sthash.ERGRuLjQ.dpuf)

David’s Photography and visual art behind the lens can only be described as visual thought , and many of the themes deal with consumerism, pop-culture, and our obsession with it, (or maybe his and my obsession with it).                                            DollyAs well a spirited and light hearted ,

the themes can be Sexy,

David Bekham

Rude,

( Jerry Springer, Jerry Jerry...By LaChapelle)

( Jerry Springer, Jerry Jerry…By LaChapelle)

and sometimes Magical

(Madonna, Light Halo)

(Madonna, Light Halo)

 

Dave himself  can be sensitive to his subjects spirit, capture their essence, or in the case of a celebrity, their perceived persona .  Always in a stylized often described as hyper-real visual,  David has created an impressive body of work that will capture at moments, the- not- real- life & times of our modern culture , maybe the essence of our culture, not how it is today , but perhaps how it looks to US.

(Ad World of LaChapelle)

(Ad World of LaChapelle)

Bullied for being gay, Dave ran away at 15 and became a bus boy at the notorious Studio 54, hired for Interview magazine in NewYork, by Andy Warhol,

(King of all Pop Art, Andy Warhol)

(King of all Pop Art, Andy Warhol)

Dave would eventually begin his foray into the AD world, shooting for the professional giants and powerhouses:  Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Esquire, Details, NewYorkTimes and GQ.

( Lachapelle's Eye)

( Lachapelle’s Eye)

David has cited his sources as Italian Baroque Painter Caravaggio and Andrea Pozzo, he is routinely inspired by several muses, among them infamous trans-bomb-shell Amanda Lepore & Carmen Carrera, others have included Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Courtney Love, No matter the project or subject, he seems to be fascinated by tragedy and beauty. In some pieces both are the subject:

( David's Michael, art Project, Google images)

( David’s Michael, art Project, Google images)

“I like thinking about the fragility of the human flesh and our bodies – our decay and eventual death.” – David LaChapelle – See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/12780/22-quotes-by-photographer-david-lachapelle/#sthash.ERGRuLjQ.dpuf

( Madonna Rolling Stone Photo shoot)

( Madonna Rolling Stone Photo shoot)

( Courtney Love, Kurt inspired)

( Courtney Love, Kurt inspired)

( Trans Queen Amanda Lepore)

( Trans Queen Amanda Lepore)

 

( Warhol Inspired Lepore)

( Warhol Inspired Lepore)

For further study upon his great work, his music Videos, Magazine Covers and Art Exhibitions, a good place to start as any would be his website: http://www.davidlachapelle.com

Here are few more of his stunning Pieces:

( Pop Artist and avante garde Singer Song Witer Bjork)

( Pop Artist and avante garde Singer Song Witer Bjork)

Matt Dillon

 

(Cher..)

(Cher..)

Although not without controversy, he has in years past definitely made a statement to the public, and sometimes just outright blasphemy of the Status-Quo,  such as elevating  Kanye West to Jesus, for a Rolling Stone cover:

(Kanye West, Rolling Stone)

(Kanye West, Rolling Stone)

“The tools I learned photographing celebrities, now I want to use them to sell ideas.” – David LaChapelle – See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/12780/22-quotes-by-photographer-david-lachapelle/#sthash.ERGRuLjQ.dpuf

Or his kissing sailors, right after Dont Ask Dont Tell was invoked,  on a WW2 warship reenacting the vintage Kissing saiolor photo for a Diesel Advertisement:

 

(Kissing Sailors, Diesel Ad)

(Kissing Sailors, Diesel Ad)

“I’ve never wanted to be part of an inner circle of any scene. I’ve always been an outsider looking to question and subvert.” – David LaChapelle – See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/12780/22-quotes-by-photographer-david-lachapelle/#sthash.ERGRuLjQ.dpuf

for LaChapelle and his current work visit : (http://www.davidlachapelle.com)

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