He was born in Connecticut, Noth Caroline in 1968. David at the age of 19 studied at the Art Students League and North Carolina School of Arts. He then went to new ork which was where he met Andy Warhol, who offered David his first professional job as a photographer for Interview.
His photographs show blemishless modles and celebrities covered by heavy make-up and lighting.
LaChapelle is also known for his groundbreaking use of computer manipulation, futuristic fashion shoots and for placing Hollywood celebrities from Madona, Uma Thurman, Elton John to Drew Barrymore to the X-files’ David Duchovny in wildly imaginative and often compromising erotically charged sttings.
David LaChapelle is a photographer who tends to create his own visionary world. Rather than reproduce what’s already visible. He has evolved his photography into a idiosyncratic and highly personal combination of reportage and surrealism which can be compared to no other photographer.