Purple Dragon, Fireball and Madonna, C-Print 1998
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Visionary photographer David LaChapelle will be having a solo exhibition of
new photographs at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. His startling images, gorgeous
and bizarre, have been featured in Rolling Stone, Interview, Vanity Fair,
Paris Vogue, ID and The Face among others. The photographs are color soaked,
surreal portraits that mix glamour with fantasy. "I like to see
outrageousness and sexiness and things that are out of control, I like to
make people larger than life", he admits. The exhibition will include images
from LaChapelle's new book, Hotel LaChapelle (Bullfinch Press/Callaway,
with a mix of models and celebrities such as Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Uma
Thurman, Elton John and Cher.
Outrageous and wildly colorful, LaChapelle has changed the look of
photography and has created some of the most powerful visual statements of
our time. Influenced by the imaginations of painters like Magritte and
filmmakers like Fellini, his subjects often look as though they have been transported to otherworldly settings. According to
LaChapelle, "My pictures are about getting as far away from reality as
possible. Dreams should be part of our everyday life".
LaChapelle studied fine art at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and
then in New York at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts.
His first professional job at the age of 18 was shooting for Andy Warhol's
Interview Magazine. His photographs have been exhibited in the 1998 Recontres
Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France and the Palace Pombal in
Lisbon, Portugal. His recent exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in
Rome, Italy will travel until 2002 through out Europe.
Please contact Hiroko Onoda at 212.274.9300 for further information.