David LaChapelle

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

About David LaChapelle - Early Works 1984-1987
At 17 years old, fresh from North Carolina High School of the arts, LaChapelle immersed himself in the East Village art scene. In 1984, LaChapelle's first show, Good News for Modern Man, was the inaugural exhibition of 303 Gallery.  This was soon followed by a second solo show at 303 titled Angels, Saints, and Martyrs. Works from both shows are represented here now.  
After presenting his work at 303, LaChapelle secured a job with Andy Warhol's Interview, the magazine that captured the 80s zeitgeist.  Working for Warhol, his art hero, was not only the fulfillment of his dream but a chance to reach a broader audience while making a living. Interview became his home magazine from 1984 to 1987 when Warhol died.

 At Interview, LaChapelle had the opportunity to take the present portrait of Andy Warhol.  In creating this prescient image, LaChapelle focused on a fact that few people knew at the time: every Sunday, without fail, Andy went to church.  This inspired David to frame Andy with a row of Holy Bibles. It would become Warhol's last formal portrait sitting before he died; and the Holy Bible reference foreshadowed the near divine stature Warhol would achieve in the art world.
 During his time at Interview, LaChapelle taught himself color printing, and began experimenting with more elaborate darkroom techniques, including making prints out of miniature collages of his cut up negatives. LaChapelle continued exhibiting his new color work in galleries throughout the 80's until 1991. His 1991 show, Facility of Movement, was a group of experimental color installation works, which is being re-envisioned and expanded on this summer at the Lever House.

LaChapelle's keen sense of intuition about people, our culture and the times in which we live, helped him grow as an artist and informs his work to this day. In 2006, when his vision became too challenging for the world of glossy publications, he returned to his roots in fine art photography.  This show celebrates his start as an artist with a selection of intimate works created for those very first solo shows in the early 1980's.

Chanel on Ice
Last Sitting