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David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle, born in Connecticut in 1963, initially pursued painting during his high school years at the North Carolina School of The Arts. However, he later turned to photography and developed a unique analog technique of hand-painting his negatives before processing them, resulting in a stunning range of colors.

At the age of 17, LaChapelle relocated to New York City, where he held his first photography exhibition at Gallery 303. This caught the attention of renowned artist Andy Warhol, who hired LaChapelle to work at Interview Magazine.

LaChapelle's photography expanded the boundaries of the medium through his exceptional command of color, unconventional compositions, and imaginative narratives. His staged tableaux, portraits, and still-life works challenged traditional photography techniques, garnering significant international interest. In fact, in 1991, The New York Times predicted that LaChapelle would influence a new generation of photographers, much like how Richard Avedon had pioneered techniques that are now familiar in contemporary photography.

Over the past few decades, LaChapelle has become one of the most widely published photographers worldwide. His extensive body of work includes notable books such as "LaChapelle Land" (1996), "Hotel LaChapelle" (1999), "Heaven to Hell" (2006), "Lost & Found," and "Good News" (2017). Additionally, he has ventured into music videos, film, and stage projects.

LaChapelle's has exhibitted his work in numerous international galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, Monnaie de Paris, Barbican Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Musee D'Orsay, Groninger Museum, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, and the U.S. National Portrait Gallery.

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