David LaChapelle

Selected works

Born in 1963 in Connecticut, USA, David LaChapelle is an internationally renowned artist known for his vivid fashion photographs and baroque images populated by celebrities. Skilfully fusing art history with references to popular culture, metaphysical questions with street culture, he paints a disquieting portrait of 21st century values and lifestyles. David LaChapelle is now one of the most widely published photographers in the world. Since 2006 he has been focusing on the artistic side of his work.


Born in 1963 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Lives and works in New York, and Los Angeles, California, USA


North Carolina School of Arts, Wisten-Salem, North Carolina, USA
School of Visual Arts, New York, USA


David LaChapelle, make BELIEVE, Fotografiska, New York, USA

David La Chapelle, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy
LaChapelle : Act of Nature, Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Acts of God, La Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy
Castles in the Sky : Fantasy architecture in contemporary Art, Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, USA

David LaChapelle, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Staley Wise Gallery, New York, USA
David LaChapelle, Letter to the world, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
David LaChapelle : After the Deluge, Beaux Arts Mons, Mons, Belgium
David LaChapelle : Songs for the World, Stary Browar Art Gallery, Poznan, Poland
Good News for Modern Man, Groningen Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
LaChapelle – Negative Currency,  Geuer & Geuer,  Düsseldorf, Germany
Back to Nature, Museum Frieder Burda, Berlin, Germany
Recollections in America, Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne, Germany
Solo Show, Art stations Gallery, Poznan, Poland

LOST+FOUND,Casa Dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy; Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Solo show, Ara Modern Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Solo show, Beaux-Arts Mons, Mons, Belgium

Bling Bling Baby Show,NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany
Solo show, Ara Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Gas Stations, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, New York, USA
Solo show, Centro de la Fotografia, Montevideo, Uruguay
Illuminacion, Fundacion Union, Montevideo, Uruguay
Solo show, Museo Agadu, Montevideo, Uruguay
Solo show, Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo,Montevideo, Uruguay
Gas Stations,The Edward Hopper House, New York, USA
LACHAPELLE,Moca Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
David Lachapelle,Adler Subhashok gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Muses,DSC Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Solo show, Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pipe Dream, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

Fotografias 1984 – 2013,Museum of Contemporary Art Chile, Santiago, Chile
After the Deluge,Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Fotografias 1984 – 2013, Museo de Arte Contempraneo, Lima, Peru

Land Scape, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Once in the Garden, OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie, Vienna, Austria
Land Scape, Public exhibition at bus stop R / Aldwych, London, UK

Still Life,Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Burning Beauty, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Norway
David LaChapelle, Lu.C.C.A. Museum, Lucca, Italy
Artist of the Year,American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum, New York, USA
David LaChapelle, BEXCO Art Center, Busan, South Korea
Still Life, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Addicted to Passion,Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jesus Is My Homeboy, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Earth Laughs in Flowers,Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland; Fred Torres Collaborations, New York, USA; Robilant + Voena, Milan, Italy; Robilant + Voena, London, UK; Reformiere Dorfkirche, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Thus Spoke LaChapelle,Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Austria
David LaChapelle,Hangaram Design Museum - Seoul Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Nosotros: La Humanidad Al Borde Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte Contemporaño de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
David LaChapelle,Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
From Darkness to Light, Lever House, New York, USA
David LaChapelle, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
David LaChapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
David LaChapelle: Negative Currency and Recollections in America, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
David LaChapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers, Serge Maruani & Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Post Mdern Pop Photography, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Rape of Africa Mocca Courtyard, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
David LaChapelle, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
David LaChapelle,Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain
David LaChapelle: Documents of Desire & Disasters, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
American Jesus,Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Eden,Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Deluge – Awakened, Manzoni Gallery, Bergamo, Italy

Delirium of Reason,Museo De Las Artes Guadalajara, Mexico City, Mexico
Retrospective,Musée de la Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Delirium of Reason, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico
Cars And Money, Wolfgang Roth + Partners, Miami, Florida, USA
The Rape of Africa,David DeSanctis Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA; Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

David LaChapelle,Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy
David LaChapelle, National Museum, Krakow, Poland
David LaChapelle,, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Heaven to Hell / Bellezas y Desastres, MUBE Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jesus is My Homeboy, Wolfgang Roth + Partners, Miami, Florida, USA ; Robilant + Voena, London, UK
Auguries of Innocence, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
Jesus is my Homeboy, St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland
David LaChapelle, Rhomberg Gallery, Innsbruck, Autria

David LaChapelle, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Heaven to Hell / Bellezas y Desastres,MALBA Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Awakened, Goss Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA; Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA; Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain
David LaChapelle, La Galerie Delphine Pastor, Monaco

VIP: Very Important Portraits,Capodimonte Museum, Naples, Italy
Men & War,Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Heaven to Hell,Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany
David LaChapelle, La Galerie Du XX (w/Maruani Noirhomme), Paris, France 

David LaChapelle, KALS'ART, Palermo, Italy
David LaChapelle Pictures for Italian Vogue,Staley Wise Gallery, New York, USA
Grand Opening : David LaChapelle, Goss Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
David LaChapelle,Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
David LaChapelle, Maruani Noirhomme Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Artists Prostitutes, Deitch Projects, New York, USA

Portraits of Musicians, Palais Kinsky - Rudolf Budja Galerie, Freyung, Vienna, Austria

All American,Rockefeller Center (Montblanc International), New York, USA

David LaChapelle, Barbican Museum, London, UK
LACHAPELLE,Vienna Kunsthaus, Wien, Austria
All American,Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

David LaChapelle,Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Fish Stick,Camerawork Gallery, Berlin, Germany
David LaChapelle,Photology (Villa Impero), Bologna, Italy
David LaChapelle,Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA

Femmes Plus Que Femmes, Museo de Arte Brazileira, San Paulo, Brazil
David LaChapelle,Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Hotel LaChapelle, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
The Beautiful & Bizarre, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA
David LaChapelle,Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

David LaChapelle,Palacio Pombal, Portugal
LaChapelle Land,Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France

LaChapelle Land, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan ; Photology, Milan, Italy

LaChapelle Land, Staley Wise Gallery, New York, USA

Javier Cibachromes, Trabia MacAfee, New York, USA

Facility of Movement,Tomoko Ligouri Gallery, New York, USA

David LaChapelle,Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fe, New-Mexico, USA
Life Never Dies, Mars, New York, USA
Mirrors of God + the Intervention of St. Lucy,Trabia MacAfee Gallery, New York, USA
Somewhere Better,Trabia MacAfee Gallery, New York, USA

Your Needs Met,56 Bleecker Gallery, New York, USA

Taking Pictures is Fun, Palladium, New York, USA

Angels, Saints, & Martyrs,303 Gallery (Lisa Spellman/ Colin Deland), New York, USA


Versus, Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden, Germany
Michael Jackson: On the Wall, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
Modell-Naturen in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning, Germany
Showroom, Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden, Germany
Thierry Mugler, Couturissime, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
Dior, From Paris to the World, Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, USA

Zurück zur Natur ?, Museum Frieder Burda, Berlin, Germany
Photo London, Staley Wise Gallery, London, UK
Micheal Jackson : On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Portraits of Artists, Staley Wise Gallery, New York, USA
Dior : From Paris to The World, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
Castles in the Sky : Fantasy Architecture, Lehman Art College Gallery, New York, USA
Images Makes Religion, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany
SP-ARTE /FOTO, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Like A Horse, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
Nautilus, Landesmuseum fur Kunst aund Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
Christian Dior: Couturier du rêve, Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, France

Boticelli Reimagined,The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
The Photography Show,Aipad, New York, New York, USA
Divine Decadence, Castle of Gaasbeek, Brussels, Belgium
The Fashion world of Jean-Paul Gaultier : from the sidewalk to the catwalk, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea
La Grande Galerie du foot, La Villette, Paris, France

The Botticelli Renaissance, Gemäldegalerie Kultureforum, Berlin, Germany
Hamster - Hipster - Hand:under the spellbound of the mobile phone, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Open Rhapsody: A journey into photography and video collections,Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Once Upon a Time and Now, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York, USA
Il Cibo nell’ Arte: Capolavori del Grandi Maestri dal Seicento a Warhol,Associazione Amici di Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia, Italy
20 + 2 Years,ARNDT, Singapour
2050,The Royal museums of fine arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, Barbican, London, UK
A New Selection from the Elgiz Collection, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Images 2014,Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Possession, Sheppard Contemporary, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA
American Cool, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, Columbia, USA
Beyond Earth Art, Cornell University: Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York, USA

In God we Trust,Zacheta National Galerie of art, Warsaw, Poland
En compagnie de Guy Bourdin: Fotografien aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Cabinets de Curiosities, Le Musee Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France
The Portrait Gallery, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany
Foto A–Z, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany
Masculin/Masculin. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
It’s an American Thing, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA
Flowers and Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Salzurg, Austria 
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music,Friedman Benda, New York, USA
Traumfrauen – Traummanner, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Divine Bodies, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Vanity, Muzeum Narodowe W Krakowie,Krakow, Poland
Collectible III – Photographies, A. Galerie, Paris, France

About Caravaggio Visioni & Illusioni Contemporanee, Rome, Italy
Figure and Form in Contemporary Photography, LACMA- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Everywhere and Nowhere,Oberstdorf, Villa Jauss, Germany
Making History, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Unnatural - Natural History, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
Earth Laughs in Flowers, The Solo Project, Basel, Switzerland
The Haberdashery East, Eric Firestone Gallery, Hampton, New York, USA
Group Show,Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Cocktail Culture, Norton Museum of Art, Norton, Florida, USA
Leonardo. Il Genio il Mito,Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy
Role Models and Role Playing, Museum Der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier : From the Street to the Stars,The Montreal Museum Of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Beauty Culture, Annenberg Space For Photography, Los Angeles, California, USA
Face Off: Contemporary Portraits by Contemporary Artists,Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, USA
Body Gestures, Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel
The Lords and the New Creatures,NYE+BROWN, Los Angeles, California, USA
Boarders and Frontiers: Globalization, Temporality & Appropriation in the Contemporary Image,Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, USA

Pervasive Influence :The Mechanical Bride, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David LaChapelle, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA
Atopia, Arte Y Ciudad en el Siglo XXI, CCB, Barcelona, Spain
Real Interface, Gana Art Busan, Busan, South Korea
Popular : Brands Symbols Icons 1960-2010, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany
Restart,Tavi Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Real Interface,Gana Art, Busan, South Korea
David LaChapelle,Photo LA Presented by LACMA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Who Shot Rock & Roll, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Rape of Africa,Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy
Who Shot Rock & Roll,Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Pop My Cherry,Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
Naked!,Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA

Vanity Fair Portraits,LACMA, Los Angeles, USA; National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
REVERB,Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Love Love Love,Jose Martos Gallery, New York, USA

Men, War, & Peace,Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany
The Other Side #2,Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
Magritte, Williams, LaChapelle,Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

Il Secolo Della Fotoarte,Villa Impero, Bologna, Italy

Don't Bungle The Jungle,Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

Grand Windows,Grand Central Station, New York, USA


Bayerische Staatsoper Portrait Gallery, Munich, Germany
LACMA- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart, Germany
La Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
LVMH Foundation, Paris, France
Brandhorst Foundation, Munich, Germany
Serge Delsemme Foundation, Belgium
Arendt & Art, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Doctorate in Fine Arts (Hon.) from UNCSA

Young Photographers Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award

Artist of the Year, American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
National Geographic Magazine Photography Seminar, Featured Speaker

OUT in Art Award, GLAAD Award

Presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award for Outstanding Contributions Toward Eliminating

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, Telluride
Special Juried Recognition, Sundance Film Festival
Best Documentary, Aspen Film Festival

12th Annual MVPA Awards - Adult Contemporary Video of the Year - Elton John This Train Don't
Stop There Anymore

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

Cover of the Year Category, the Eisies

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

Art Directors Club Award for Best Book Design for LaChapelle Land

ICP Infinity Award for Applied Photography
Photographer of the Year Award, the VH-1 Fashion Awards

Best New Photographer of the Year, French Photo and American Photo magazines

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