David LaChapelle born March 11, 1963 in Fairfield – Connecticut is a photographer and director. LaChapelle’s work is well known for his surreal, unique, sexualized, and often humorous style.
At the age of 18, at the end of the 70s, he moved from North Carolina to New York’s Lower East Side where he got a chance meeting with Andy Warhol and began shooting for Interview.
After establishing himself as a fixture amongst contemporary photography, LaChapelle expanded his work to include direction of music videos, live theatrical events, and documentary film. His directing credits include music videos for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Moby, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, The Vines and No Doubt.
His stage work includes Elton John’s The Red Piano, the Caesar’s Palace spectacular he designed and directed in 2004, which just recently ended its five year run in Las Vegas. His interest in film led him to make the short documentary Krumped, an award-winner at Sundance from which he developed RIZE, the feature film acquired for worldwide distribution by Lions Gate Films. The film was chosen to open the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
David LaChapelle: “I feel that we are living in a very precarious time, with environmental devastation, economic instability, religious wars waged, and excessive consumption amidst extreme poverty. I have always used photography as a means to try to understand the world and the paradox that is my life.”