LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is the third volume in an exhilarating trilogy that began with LaChapelle Land (1996) and continued with the infamous Hotel LaChapelle (1999). Packed with astonishing, color-saturated, and provocative images, those titles both became instant collector’s items and have since gone through multiple printings. Featuring almost twice as many images as its predecessors, LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is an explosive compilation of new work by the visionary photographer. Since the publication of Hotel LaChapelle, the strength of 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.
This popular hardcover edition of LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is a must-have for anyone interested in contemporary photography. It is also keenly priced, especially for those who have coveted TASCHEN’s limited edition, LaChapelle, Artists & Prostitutes.
David LaChapelle. Controversial. Explosive. Thought-provoking. Considered the world’s most famous living photographer, he has been breaking all the rules for over twenty years. Heaven to Hell is the last chapter in a trilogy that started with the New York Times bestseller LaChapelle Land (1996), and continued with Hotel LaChapelle (1999), one of the most sought after and collected photography books of all time. Celebrated as the Fellini of Photography, LaChapelle has photographed personalities as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Lil’ Kim, Hillary Clinton, Philip Johnson, Paris Hilton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Uma Thurman, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to just name a few. When Referencing and acknowledging such diverse sources as 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 a mirror to the face of our times, reflecting back both the sacred and profane.
Celebrating the visionary LaChapelle’s truly extraordinary photography, Artists And Prostitutes, a 698-page XL-sized book is packed cover-to-cover with vibrant full-bleed images; the best of his entire career to date. Bursting at the seams with spectacle and drama, and saturated with colors that only LaChapelle can realize, this limited edition pays tribute to the most daring and ambitious photographer in the history of portraiture. Ranked among the top ten -most important people in photography- by American Photo magazine, LaChapelle’s work continues to be inspired by everything from art history to pornography, creating both a record and a mirror of all facets of popular culture.
This boxed book of David LaChapelle’s photographs ends with a beautifully written commentary by LaChapelle himself offering readers insight into the book and his photographic process: “And when people come for a photo session with me, they are giving themselves over, sort of checking in. When you stay at a hotel you’re living for one day in a place where you don’t normally live. That feeling can be true with photographs, too.” LaChapelle’s photographs can be spotted a mile away. If you read magazines, you know his work: it jumps out like none other with the expertly created environments and alternate realities in which he places his be true with photographs, too.” LaChapelle’s photographs can be spotted a mile away. If you read magazines, you know his work: it jumps out like none other with the expertly created environments and alternate realities in which he places his inorganic as the settings that encapsulate his models. In this world, heads are sewn onto different-colored bodies, a nurse holds a face with a pair of tweezers, Marilyn Manson works as a school crossing guard, Madonna is a Krishna goddess, Leonard DiCaprio becomes Marlon Brando, and Ewan McGregor’s face peers into a dollhouse while his body bleeds from a gunshot wound fired from Barbie’s diminutive gun.
This “mind-blowingly lavish compilation” (Paper magazine) features portraits of Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Faye Dunaway, Andy Warhol, Tupac Shakur, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more. Packaged in a beautiful box designed by the legendary Japanese graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo, this book offers a truly entertaining visual experience.
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