Thus Spoke Lachapelle.
Photographs by David LaChapelle
284 pp., 257 illustrations, 10x13".
The photographs of David LaChapelle (born 1963) are among the most instantly recognizable images in contemporary photography. His uber-pop color portraits of celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Marilyn Manson and Kanye West (whom he has portrayed, respectively, as King Kong, a crossing guard and Black Jesus) have propelled his work outside the closed society of galleries and museums into a wider public arena. Thus Spoke LaChapelle is the first retrospective of the artist’s work to include photographs from the mid–1980s up to the present, plus a range of work that has never previously appeared. more than an exhibition catalogue, this book presents the culmination of LaChapelle’s artistic activity to date: a world in which religious iconography comes in pink latex trappings and a new surrealism explodes in the conjunction of flaming pianos, giant hamburgers, orally fixated triceratops and Day-glo disaster sites.
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