David Lachapelle is best known internationally for combining hyper-realistic aesthetic with enigmatic social messages. As he began his career in the 80’s showing his work in NYC’s art galleries, contemporary pop artist Andy Warhol was amazed by his work and offered him a job as a photographer at Interview Magazine, where he just started to create the most extraordinary advertising campaigns of his generation.
Recently, in an interview with The Talks, Lachapelle explained that he prefers to be called The Fellini of Photography rather to be just pointed out as a surrealist photographer. He finds in Fellini’s work some characteristics that he shares in his photography like the freedom within sexuality, humor, religious references and the overall visual narratives employed .
Behind the Scenes
During his years of hard non-stop work in commercial photography, he explained that he lost himself. Working 14 months without taking a single day of vacation, David became overweight and confessed he started to drink way too much. It was very unpleasant to be around him, especially working with him, giving the fact that his intensity on and off set had built him a reputation for being somewhat lunatic trying to be perfect.
Socialite and often model for the photographer, Daphne Guinness, once said that they were on a shooting for 72 hours non-stop, and by the end she had a bleeding eye. She’s also been in a tank of water going up and down for 11 hours. David has done that to many of his models. When he’s got it in his mind, you know he gets there by the end. What about that time he hung up on Madonna? They were both planning a video together, and in a phone call with the singer, she started arguing with him, but at the moment he decided he wanted to be liberated from working on commercial campaigns and celebrities. After that, he moved to Maui and began to work as an independent artist.
David Lachapelle had been working on his latest exhibitions for ten years now called Lost + Found in combination with New World. He describes the 39 piece collection as a paradise that vindicates the human body. The message: to stop exploiting the human figure as a commercial object and start seeing it as a natural body. He explains that he has returned to its origins with pure photography and without the use of any type of technology. The collection is only intervened in the negatives by the hand of the artist. In his return to Mexico, the artist displays his collection in Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara, Jalisco, as well as in Casa dei Tre Oci, in Venice, Italy.