David LaChapelle in New York


David Bowie: Self Preservation, 1995 © David LaChapelle / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

American photographer David LaChapelle’s mini-retrospective at Staley Wise includes, among its more outlandish and garish celebrity portraits, a sombre black and white picture that he took of his mentor, Andy Warhol, shortly before the great pop artist died. Warhol used to commission him to shoot for Interview magazine in New York, and so played a huge role in launching his career as many celebrities’ favourite photographer. LaChapelle has a style all of his own: his pictures are drenched in over-saturated colour, his settings are sci-fi and magical, he always lets his imagination run riot. Some of his greatest hits from ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ include Hillary Clinton smiling through her tears, Kanye West as Christ wearing a crown of thorns, and a self-portrait of LaChapelle himself as a house in which an orgy is taking place. What’s not to love?

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