LACHAPELLE: HEAVEN TO HELL
Since the publication of Hotel LaChapelle, the strength of David LaChapelle’s work lies in its ability to focus the lens of celebrity and fashion toward more pressing issues of societal concern. LaChapelle’s images—of the most famous faces on the planet, and marginalized figures like transsexual Amanda Lepore or the cast of his critically acclaimed social documentary Rize—call into question our relationship with gender, glamour, and status. Using his trademark baroque excess, LaChapelle inverts the consumption he appears to celebrate, pointing instead to apocalyptic consequences for humanity itself. While referencing and acknowledging diverse sources such as the Renaissance, art history, cinema, The Bible, pornography, and the new globalized pop culture, LaChapelle has fashioned a deeply personal and epoch-defining visual language that holds up a mirror to our times.
Hardcover. Measures 10.2" x 13.0". 352 pages.