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David LaChapelle

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Wikipedia*David LaChapelle (b. March 11, 1963, Connecticut) is a photographer and video/commercial/film director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique, sexualized, and often humorous style.
Andy Warhol offered him his first professional job as a photographer for Interview after meeting him at Studio 54 where LaChapelle was working at the time.
LaChapelle has four published books of his photographs, including LaChapelle Land, Hotel LaChapelle, Heaven to Hell, and Artists and Prostitutes. All four books contain vivid and surreal portraits of celebrities such as Whitney Houston, Marilyn Manson, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen, David Bowie, David Beckham, Björk, Shakira, Drew Barrymore, Shirley Manson, Courtney Love, Lil' Kim, Lance Armstrong, Angelina Jolie, Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman, Brooke Shields, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amanda Lepore, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Hugh Hefner, Madonna, P!nk, Olga Rodionova, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton and recently Lady Gaga.
LaChapelle's work has been described as surrealist, grotesque, shocking and ironic. Ingrid Sischy, long-time editor of Interview magazine, has said there are three main aspects to his "strong and individualistic" photography: a sense of humour, political awareness and social awareness.His use of celebrities exaggerates aspects of their personalities and their personal lives

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