While many nude photographers prefer to render images in black-and-white, perhaps in an attempt to either tone down the image by losing the actual skin tone, or lend an impression of fine artistry to image, David LaChapelle does exactly the opposite. When shooting nudes or otherwise, the American fashion, commercial and fine-art photographer adds even more attention-grabbing elements to his photos, utilizing colors and props to create surreal settings, making his images a multi-hued, pop-infused frenzy of subliminal messages and screaming realities.
David LaChapelle has a distinct style that might have been the inspiration of many photographers after him, but the photos that he has produced in his long-spanning career are icons in their own right, presenting subjects through a radical and full-blown major production. You can try to imitate David LaChapelle, but you cannot be David LaChapelle.
David LaChapelle is also a film and music video director, but best known for his work as a photographer. His career started in the 1980s and his first job as a photographer was with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. LaChapelle’s career has sky-rocketed since then, showering editorials and campaigns with over three decades worth of arresting and outspoken imagery.
And so, since the month of love, passion, and provocation isn’t over, let’s celebrate it some more with a selection of David LaChapelle’s come-hither photographs.
Strong statements, loud colors, and a distinct style conjure the stories in David LaChapelle’s images. Take a second glance and be inspired.