David LaChapelle


"David LaChapelle is a photographer who tends to create his own visionary world, rather than reproduce what's visible in the world. ...Performance obliterates banality, just like Drew Barrymore's breasts can become grapefruit halves with a cherry; we hear the distant echoes of Lewis Carroll; eat me, drink me, big becomes small; the Tour Eiffel becomes a phallus (and vice versa), (meaning and lack of meaning mingle and compare.) This is the flow of the metropolis, of the great city life, fixed within its peremptory unreality substituting the known realities of camera shots." - Renato Nicolini, catalog excerpt.

Which only goes to prove that when it comes to discussing commercial fantasy photography, one shouldn't try to say too much.

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