Warhol immediately noticed something special inLaChapelle and gave him a job at his publication, Interview Magazine. David became an in-house photographer for themagazine and Warhol continuously encouraged him as an artist. In fact,Lachapelle was the last person to ever photograph Warhol, before his death in1986. This famous portrait catapulted David LaChapelle’s work into the limelight and he has been basking in its glow ever since. Since, he has worked foralmost every major fashion publication and has had countless successfulexhibitions and publications of his own.
A common theme within his work, is the portrayal,influence and exploitation of celebrity within modern society. In the imagebelow, LaChapelle photographed shock-rocker, Marilyn Manson. Back in the 1990’sManson was a person whom many parents viewed as the ultimate negative influenceon their children.
In this photo, Manson is displayed as a CrossingGuard. Someone whom most parents would trust to lead their children to safety.This creates an interesting juxtaposition and irony within the narrative of theimage.
It’s an interesting take on the way we as people, albeitun-intentionally for the most part, allow celebrities to raise our children forus. I enjoy the tongue-in-cheekhumour and the tone of the image. It mocks pop-culture and how skewed it is.
Vibrancy and saturated colours play a large rolein the composition of Chapelle’s work. In this instance, it aids the narrativeof a child-like reality within the photograph. The rule of thirds is also atplay in this image. Although, it may not be a perfect line up, Manson beingsurrounded by unruly children and placed within the right of the horizontal imagemost certainly creates a balance within the photo’s composition.In recent years, LaChapelle has moved moretowards creating more Fine Art Photography. Although, his subject matter haschanged, his integral thirst for storytelling still remains.
The image below isnamed Icarus, it is featured in hisexhibition ‘Land Scape’, andrepresents the idea of a fallen angel amongst a junkyard of technology. Eludingto the idea that the innocence of man has been taken away from him by his owncreation, in this disposable, obsessed culture.