Item description for LaChapelle, Heaven to Hell (Photo Books) by Taschen...
LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is the long-awaited third volume in an exhilarating trilogy that began with LaChapelle Land (1996) and continued with the infamous Hotel LaChapelle (1999). Packed with astonishing, color-saturated, and provocative images, those titles both became instant collector's items and have since gone through multiple printings. Featuring almost twice as many images as its predecessors, LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is an explosive compilation of new work by the visionary photographer. Since the publication of Hotel LaChapelle, the strength of LaChapelle's work lies in its ability to focus the lens of celebrity and fashion toward more pressing issues of societal concern. LaChapelle's images ? of the most famous faces on the planet, and marginalized figures like transsexual Amanda Lepore or the cast of his critically acclaimed social documentary Rize ? call into question our relationship with gender, glamour, and status. Using his trademark baroque excess, LaChapelle inverts the consumption he appears to celebrate, pointing instead to apocalyptic consequences for humanity itself. While referencing and acknowledging diverse sources such as the Renaissance, art history, cinema, The Bible, pornography, and the new globalized pop culture, LaChapelle has fashioned a deeply personal and epoch-defining visual language that holds up a mirror to our times. Sumptuously packaged in the trilogy's boxed hardcover format, LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is a must-have for anyone interested in contemporary photography. It is also keenly priced, especially for those who have coveted TASCHEN's limited edition, LaChapelle, Artists & Prostitutes. The artist: Not yet out of high school, DavidLaChapelle was offered his first professional job by Andy Warhol to shoot for Interview magazine. His photography has been showcased in numerous galleries and museums, including Tony Shafrazi Gallery and Deitch Projects in New York, the Fahey-Klein Gallery in California, Camerawork in Germany, Sozzani and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Italy. His unfettered images of celebrity and contemporary pop culture have appeared on and between the covers of magazines such as Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stoneand i-D. LaChapelle has also directed music videos for artists such as Moby, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and The Vines. His burgeoning interest in film saw him make the short documentary Krumped, an award-winner at Sundance from which he developed RIZE, the feature film released worldwide in 2005 to huge critical acclaim. American Photo recently ranked him as one of the top ten ?Most Important People in Photography.?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 15.04" Width: 11.81" Height: 1.57" Weight: 8.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2006
ISBN 3822825727 ISBN13 9783822825723
Reviews - What do customers think about LaChapelle, Heaven to Hell (Photo Books)?
Best Photographer/Artist since Warhol May 3, 2008
Love Lachapelle, pretty much an insane genius. His work is sexy, provocative, alluring, disturbing, insane, kinky, risqué, all while being too hot to handle... the book is so chock full of fun that a normal person can't look through the entire thing in one sitting without their head exploding. If only one day I can become him... Lachapelle if you are reading this, let me be your apprentice!
good condition Apr 5, 2008
I got the book really fast! And it was perfect. Just a small scratch in the hard box.
A Collectible Mar 8, 2008
Mr La Chapelle does it again with tongue in cheek dark humor. I bought this for a friend who collects wild and bizarre photo books...For me, it's a collector's item but not for the faint of heart or a coffee table book for a young family with children. He is an amazing photographer but more, an amazing imagination along with obvious sexual undertones,skills to stir it it all up and produce a unique statement through photo collage. My friend loved this book.
Wonderfull book! Nov 26, 2007
Lachapelle is great. The book has an incredible edition. Pure quality. Enjoy this fine piece of contemporary art.
Delightful Nov 3, 2007
You will never find a fashion photography album like this. LaChapelle is credited to be the greatest fashion/celebrity portrayer and for sure this book attemps to encore his amusement with fame addiction, pop culture, iconography and some tendency to celebrate sex in a lush, ethereal way. I must confess tho, I was expecting to be more surprised with LaChapelle work than Pierre & Gilles, for instance, I was suddenly hit by the full throttle opposition. LaChapelle is kitch-religious kitch chroma extravaganza blasphemous, and all the same at some point. He is an imagery magician, but he also knows the limit of what he wants to document and that point of no return regards consumerism, the hero identity, the fame, the vanity, the modern idolatry to fame and money. The most important Pop artist. The Andy Warhol of the 00's. I see Warhol sparkling his influence, LaChapelle is a sort of heir of his philosophy and ideology. It's a important book whatever sexual orientation you shall follow.