Photographs by David LaChapelle.
Channel Photographics, New York, 2005. 160 pp., 150 four-color illustrations, 11¾x16".
Casebound in a decorative box.
The acclaimed Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the
Twentieth Century recognizes David LaChapelle’s 1996 LaChapelle
Land as its 101st book. And rightly so. The marriage of LaChapelle’s
vivid, high-octane images with graphic artist, Tadanori Yokoo’s supersaturated
designs make for an astonishing physical object. The reissue
of this now classic, long out-of-print volume showcases all the
lollipop giddiness of the original now lavishly reproduced in a larger
format. “There’s a tradition of celebrity portraiture that attempts to
uncover the ‘real person’ behind the trappings of their celebrity. I am
more interested in those trappings,” says LaChapelle. Indeed, he exaggerates
the artificiality of fame and Hollywood culture in a head on collision
of color, plastic, and whimsy. His photographs confront our visual
taste and challenge our ideas of celebrity, all the while taking us on
a roller coaster ride through his hyper-sensationalized galaxy. Lil' Kim
becomes the ultimate status symbol, tattooed in the Louis Vuitton pattern.
Madonna rises from pink waters as a mystical dragon princess.
Pamela Anderson hatches out of an egg; and Alexander McQueen
burns down the castle dressed as the Queen of Hearts. David
LaChapelle’s uncompromising originality is legendary in the worlds of
fashion, film, and advertising. His images, both bizarre and gorgeous,
have appeared on and in between the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair,
Rolling Stone, Vibe and more. La Chapelle Land is fun park America
gone surrealistically wrong - but in such an attractive way. Produced
and packaged by Callaway Editions.
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