David LaChapelle (Hartford, Connecticut, 1963) began showing his work in New York City galleries In the mid 1980’s and soon after was offered a job by Andy Warhol to work at Interview Magazine. With his unique approach to image making and groundbreaking vision, the photographer expanded the genre of photography through his widely recognizable staged pictures.
By 1991, The New York Times predicts “ LaChapelle is certain to influence the work of a new generation...in the same way that Mr. Avedon pioneered so much of what is familiar today .” Over the past thirty years, LaChapelle’s prolific body of work has established the photographer as a fixture in contemporary art. A keystone of the monumental Good News For Modern Man exhibition is the series The Deluge, which marked the beginning of a personal renaissance for LaChapelle. Inspired by a 2006 visit to the Sistine Chapel, the artist shifted his focus from editorial commissions and returned to communicating his own intuitive concepts. The title image of The Deluge series, by the same name (at over seven metres wide) brings Michelangelo’s tableaux to life in the modern age.
Other highlights include Earth Laughs in Flowers (2008–2011), a series linking the traditional theme of vanitas to contemporary consumer society. The Gas Stations and Land Scape series (2013) examine the detracting relationship of industry and nature. And LaChapelle’s newest series is called New World (2006-2017), in which LaChapelle returns to his unique analogue photographic process.