Lachapelle, David - Earth Laughs in Flowers (New in plastic!)
Garish, colorful, luscious, lavishly detailed, sculptural, often provocative, sometimes scandalous: that is how we can describe the impressive oeuvre of the American photographer David LaChapelle, who captures stars such as Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Michael Jackson, Björk, and David Bowie in photographic portraits, fashion photographs, or music videos. Once a contract photographer, LaChapelle has long become an artist in his own right who confidently says, I don t see any difference between being a photographer and being an artist. I didn't make those boundaries. If someone wants to think it's art, that s great, but I'll let history decide. David LaChapelle s exuberant and trashy compositions quickly reveal his familiarity with art history and pictorial traditions. These new photographic series implement borrowings from Christian iconography and the genre of the still life in LaChapelle s famous visual language. Upon closer inspection, however, the vanitas motifs and Biblical allusions in Earth Laughs in Flowers turn out to be a cynical response to today s pop culture. David LaChapelle avails himself of traditional symbols of the Western world, crossing them with the fashion phenomena and accessories of our time. In LaChapelle s photographs, the hustle and bustle of our hedonistic society of excess congeal into a disturbing portrait of manners.
David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963) is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, and film director.
He is best known for his photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages. His photographic style has been described as "hyper-real and slyly subversive" and as "kitsch pop surrealism". Once called the Fellini of photography, LaChapelle has worked for international publications and has had his work exhibited in commercial galleries and institutions around the world.
Publisher: Gestalten; 1st edition (10 March, 2011)
Hardcover: 80 pages
Dimensions: 31.12 x 1.27 x 36.2 cm
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