(born 1963 in Fairfield, Connecticut)
David LaChapelle is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages.
LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed diverse personalities including Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears.
In 2006, LaChapelle decided to minimize his participation in commercial photography, and return to his roots by focusing on fine art photography. Since then, he has been the subject of exhibitions in both galleries and leading public institutions around the world. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Barbican Museum, London (2002), Palazzo Reale, Milan (2007), Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2009), the Musee de La Monnaie, Paris (2009), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. In 2011, he has had a major exhibitions of new work at The Lever House, New York and retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (2012), the Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul (2012) and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2012), and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2015).
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
“Contemporaneidad,” CENTRO DE LA FOTOGRAFIA, Montevideo, Uruguay
“Iluminación,” FUNDACION UNION, Montevideo, Uruguay
“Simbolos de Immortalidad,” MUSEO AGADU, Montevideo, Uruguay “Posmodernidad,” ESPACIO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, Montevideo, Uruguay
“David LaChapelle: Muses,” DSC GALLERY, Prague, Czech Republic
2016 “Pipe Dream,” GALERIE ANDREA CARATSCH, Zurich, Switzerland
“Festival Foto Industria 02,” Bologna, Italy
PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI, Rome, Italy
“2050,” THE ROYAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BELGIUM, Brussels, Belgium MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHILE, Santiago, Chile
“Fotografias 1984—2013” MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO, Lima, Peru
American Cool, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Land Scape, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Gas Stations, Maruani & Noirhomee Gallery, Brussels
Still Life, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Still Life, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
David LaChapelle, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm
Addicted to Passion, Arendt & Medernac, Luxemberg
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Fred Torres Collaborations, New York
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Robilant + Voena, London and Milan
Earth Laughs in Flowers, Reformierte Dorfkirche, St. Moritz