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David LaChapelle was born in Connecticut and trained as a fine artist at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  After he moved to New York, Andy Warhol offered him his first professional job shooting for Interview magazine.

LaChapelle’s photographs have appeared on the covers of and inside of VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Paris, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, i-D, Vibe, Interview, The Face, and British GQ, among others. He has photographed advertising campaigns for clients including L’Oreal, MTV, Ecko, Diesel Jeans, Ford, and Kenzo and his work has been featured on numerous album covers for such artists as Moby, No Doubt, Whitney Houston, Lil’ Kim, Elton John, and Madonna. 

In addition to his still photography, LaChapelle has directed music videos for select artists including Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Whitney Houston, Moby, Christina Aguilera, and Elton John.

David LaChapelle’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK), the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, USA), among others. Solo exhibitions of his work have opened worldwide, including at the Groninger Museum (The Netherlands), Casa dei Tre Oci (Venice, Italy), Beaux-Arts Mons (Mons, Belgium), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome, Italy), Hangaram Design Museum (Seoul, South Korea), Kunst Haus Wein (Vienna, Austria), Monnaie de Paris (Paris, France), and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, Israel). He has published more than ten books of his work, most recently Lost +  Found: Part I and Good News: Part II (Taschen, 2017).

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