Tuesday, December 1, 2015

David LaChapelle's journey from fine art to fashion and back again

By Amah-Rose Abrams
David LaChapelle Kanye West: Passion of the Christ (2006) Photo: Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery
NEW YORK---Bright, uplifting, sexy, and brilliant—David LaChapelle's work is highly prized in a culture obsessed with all things Pop. His career has been characterized by a boomerang-like trajectory, beginning in a contemporary art mileu and blossoming into commercial success, only to find its way back to where it started. But in 2006, the hard-working LaChapelle abruptly left the business and moved to Hawaii to live in seclusion, citing exhaustion. After a few years, a friend suggested that he could exhibit fine art photographs again. LaChapelle has since compared the experience of returning to fine art photography to being reborn. [link]