David LaChapelle, American (1963 - )

"David LaChapelle" (born March 11, 1963 Fairfield, Connecticut, United States) is a photographer and director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique and often humorous style. Known to be major player in the fashion photography world. LaChapelle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His first photograph was of his single mother, Helga LaChapelle, on a family vacation in Puerto Rico. She wore a bikini and held a martini glass on a balcony. From then on he was obsessed with photography.

His first professional job as a photographer was offered by Andy Warhol for Interview magazine. LaChapelle has four published books of his photographs, including "LaChapelle Land" and "Hotel LaChapelle," both containing vivid and bizarre portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Manson, Drew Barrymore and Uma Thurman.

LaChapelle directed singer Elton John's show, "The Red Piano" at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, which premiered in 2004. The show features extensive use of video technology on an LED screen backing the show that, when built, was promoted as the largest and brightest of all time. Several of John's songs during the performance are accompanied by short films by LaChapelle.

LaChapelle's film "Rize," a documentary on the krumping style of dance that invaded South Central Los Angeles, premiered at Sundance in 2005 and was released theatrically that summer.

He was the original director of Madonna's video for the 2005 hit Hung Up but fell apart due to creative differences with Madonna.

He has directed advertisements for major stores. In 2006 he directed "Romeo and Juliet," a 5-minute commercial for H&M's new denim brand and "Tis the Season to be Gorgeous," a humorous Christmas commercial for UK retailer Boots Group showing very glamorous, self-indulgent women doing relatively mundane Christmas tasks. Also in the UK, he directed the surreal Lost trailers for Channel 4, show the cast dancing in 1920s costume among the burning wreckage on the beach. In addition to this, he directed Channel 4's promotion of Desperate Housewives season one.

It is also known that David LaChapelle is slated to do the cover artwork for Courtney Love's new album, according to Love's posts on her website MoonWashedRose.com.

In September 2007 an anonymous source told the New York Post that LaChapelle refues to work with top pop divas including, Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Christina Aguilera.

Currently signed to HSI London (UK) and HSI Production (USA), previously worked with Venus Entertainment (USA).

His directing work includes music videos for artists including:


Penny Ford - 'I'll Be There'


The Dandy Warhols - 'Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth'

Space Monkeys - Sugar Cane


Kelis - 'Good Stuff'

Moby - 'Natural Blues'

Enrique Iglesias - 'Sad Eyes' (Unreleased)


Elton John - 'This Train Don't Stop There Anymore'

Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat & Ludacris - 'Loverboy'


Elton John - 'Original Sin'

The Vines - 'Outtathaway!'

Christina Aguilera feat. Redman - 'Dirrty'

Avril Lavigne - 'I'm With You'


Jennifer Lopez - 'I'm Glad'

Whitney Houston - 'Try It on My Own'

Christina Aguilera feat. Lil' Kim - 'Can't Hold Us Down'

Macy Gray - 'She Ain't Right for You'

Christina Aguilera - 'The Voice Within'

Blink-182 - 'Feeling This'

No Doubt - 'It's My Life'


The Three Bad Girls - 'Like You'

Britney Spears - 'Everytime'

Joss Stone - 'Super Duper Love'

Norah Jones - 'Those Sweet Words'

Elton John - 'Answer In The Sky'

Elton John - 'All That I'm Allowed'

Gwen Stefani feat. Eve - 'Rich Girl'


Robbie Williams - 'Advertising Space'


Hilary Duff - 'Supergirl' (cancelled)

Elton John - 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight'


Amy Winehouse - 'Tears Dry On Their Own'

Jennifer Lopez - 'Do It Well'

Hilary Duff - 'Reach Out' (In the Works)

LaChapelle also directed episodes of MTV's Making The Video for 'Dirrty', 'I'm Glad', 'Feeling This'.


"LaChapelle Land" (1996)

"Hotel LaChapelle" (1999)

"Artists and Prostitutes" (2006)

"Heaven to Hell" (2006)



'Best New Photographer of the Year' by both French Photo and American Photo magazines


'Photographer of the Year Award' at the VH-1 Fashion Awards


'Art Directors Club Award' for Best Book Design for LaChapelle Land


Best 'Cutting Edge Essay' and 'Style Photography' at Life magazine's Alfred Eisenstadt Awards for Magazine Photography (the Eisies)


Honored in the 'Cover of the Year' category at the Eisies


Won 'Best Video' for Moby's 'Natural Blues' at the MTV Europe Music Awards


12th Annual MVPA (Music Video Production Association) Awards - Adult Contemporary Video of the year - Elton John 'This Train Don't Stop There Anymore'


13th Annual MVPA Awards - Winner 'Director of the Year' - 'Best Rock Video of the Year' for No Doubt 'It's My Life'

Special Juried Prize Mountainfilm in Telluride

Special Juried Recognition in Sundance Film Festival

Winner of 'Best documentary' in Aspen Film Festival


Presented with the GLAAD Vito Russo Award for outstanding contributions toward eliminating homophobia

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