Thursday, April 17, 2008

Who is Afraid of David LaChapelle?

I guess it's time to talk a little about photography (in some ways about fashion photos, right?). So, just like in preschool, I going to simply say: My favorite photographer is David LaChapelle, fallowed by Eugenio Recuenco (you google this one).
Just by looking at his pictures you can see the man has an obsession with women. It all started with his first photo shoot: family pictures while on vacation. But don't get fooled, the pictures featured his single mother, in a bikini, holding a glass of Martini.
He is not only a photographer. LaChapelle directed singer Elton John's show, The Red Piano at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, which premiered in 2004. Several of John's songs during the performance were accompanied by short films by LaChapelle.
In 2005 he directed the documentary Rize, about krumping style of dance that invaded South Central Los Angeles. David also directed advertisements, the most popular being the one for H&M in 2006.
In the music industry he is known for his great videos, like Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own, Gwen Stefani feat. Eve - Rich Girl, Moby - Natural Blues, No Doubt - It's My Life...and the list keeps on going. For several of this songs, he was awarded Best Video from Mtv.

David LaChapelle has made an obsession for photographing stars in unusual situations. His art is surprising, beautiful and sometimes crazy. The great thing is that trough his works he is making a statement, works like Twisted sister (Naomi Campbell), Pieta 2006 (Courtney Love), Burning Down the House (Al. McQueen) and But I’m a Vegetarian (Pam Anderson) etc.

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