Artist of the moment……Photographer David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle is a world renown photographer born in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in the year 1963. LaChapelle is famous for his images of international celebrities. In addition to his photography work, he also directs music videos and short films. He experienced a difficult childhood growing up in North Carolina for being homosexual. He ran away as a teenager to New York City.

LaChapelle took classes at the Art Students League of New York School of Visual Arts New York City.

In this clip we visit the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Taipai, China for a show featuring David LaChapelle.

LaChapelle returned home with his father but would return to New York City in the 1980s  where he would meet such artists as Andy Warhol. His first job in the entertainment industry was with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Andy told him he could do whatever he would like, just make sure the people looked good. What great direction from Andy! The celebrity shoots he did for Interview magazine would make the artist famous on an international basis.

A short interview from CBS and their Sunday morning programming with David Lachapelle:

Started exhibiting his photographic work in galleries beginning in the 1980s.

Many fine art books have been that showcase his photographic work. His work has also been featured in many national magazines including Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

One movement that influenced LaChapelle was the Baroque movement.

Made a film titled Krumped that documented the style of dance known as “krumping”  that won awards at the Sundance Film in 2004.

A link to the website of David LaChapelle:    http://www.lachapellestudio.com/

price range information: Many works priced between $10,000 and $50,000 with the high end reaching $150,000.

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