David LaChapelle attended high school at the North Carolina School of Arts before moving to New York in the mid 1980’s. He began showing in East Village galleries and soon after was offered a job by Andy Warhol to work at Interview magazine. With his unique approach to image making and groundbreaking vision, the photographer expanded the genre of photography through his widely recognizable staged pictures. By 1991, The New York Times predicted “LaChapelle is certain to influence the work of a new generation…in the same way that Mr. Avedon pioneered so much of what is familiar today.” Over the past thirty years, LaChapelle’s prolific body of work has established the photographer as a fixture in contemporary art. His portrait, stage and film works have become iconic archetypes of America in the 21st Century.
Born 1963 in Connecticut. Lives and works in New York, NY and Los Angeles, California, USA.
North Carolina School of Arts, Wiston-Salem, North Carolina, USA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
Selected Public Collections
National Portrait Gallery, London
LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
Bayerische Staatsoper Portrait Gallery, Munich
Brandhorst Foundation, Munich
Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart
La Monnaie de Paris, Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Groninger Museum, Groningen
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv