Hotel Lachapelle (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/11/1
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An all-new selection from the outrageous "enfant terrible" of contemporary photography, this volume is even sexier, funnier, and more fantastical than the bestselling "LaChapelle Land." 158 full-color photos.
David LaChapelle has been called the Fellini of photography and is one of the hottest young photographers working today. Originally trained as a fine artist, LaChapelle turned to photography when he worked for Interview magazine as a teenager. His career has grown steadily ever since but it exploded in the 90s with the development of his signature style and as the leader of the New Surrealist pop-photography movement. LaChapelle has won numerous awards-- Best New Photographer by American Photo & French Photo; Photographer of the Year from VH-1;an Eisie Award from Life in two different categories; Best Applied Photographer of the Year Award from the Int. Center of Photography.
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The Concept Creator and Photographer provide the readers with a nice overview of his approach to life and his work. There is little or no text in most of his books. "I decided to call this book `Hotel LaChapelle' because almost all the photos in it were conceived of and made while in hotel rooms...And when people come for a photo session with me, they are giving themselves over, sort of checking in."
This surprised me a bit because from the cover on the boxed book I expected to see a variation of artist Edward Hopper's voyeuristic subway rider views into passing hotel and apartment windows. That expectation was totally wrong. Although feeling slightly mislead by the box cover picture, I wasn't disappointed in this book. It was also helpful to learn from the photographer about the large crew of regulars he uses for his complicated shoots. LaChapelle isn't a street shooter. He sets up entire fantasy worlds worthy of Hollywood Movie Set Designers.
It was also fascinating to learn how much the photographer dislikes most of the celebrity publicists that often veto his creative ideas. "The smartest celebrities are the ones who hire...publicists who happen to understand a creative moment...because they realize the importance of a still image as a visual record of their time and place as a celebrity in the culture, and as a tangible thing you can hold in your hand."
"A lot of the pictures in this book exist only because there was no interference...Which is a big reason to do a collection in a book...A book is a permanent record."
As usual, LaChapelle has produced some more wonderful visual puns, satires, surreal environments and political parody. And once again, most of the subjects in his portraits and scenes are like colorful cartoon characters or kinky, shiny plastic-looking models from a weird, far-side wax museum. Even the most beautiful women in the world who are some of his subjects seem to have been photographed in such a way as they aren't the slightest bit sexy or desirable even when scantily dressed in lingerie or completely nude.
Despite that curious fact, this is still an excellent photography book. It's much better than it's immediate predecessor "LaChapelle Land."
After checking out LaChapelle's website I've decided he may be in the middle of "pulling a Stanley Kubrick." I can easily see him using his current visualizing and set designing skills to make motion pictures. Stanley Kubrick was also a successful teenage still photographer who worked for LOOK Magazine before he became a motion picture legend. I can easily see LaChapelle eventually making films of the caliber of Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange", "Dr. Strangelove", "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "The Shining." He is well known to many film celebrities and their agents and staffs. He already has access to many of the actors in the cinema world and that would be extremely helpful to a would-be film director.
Nice coffee table size, color surprice.
Good book to sitdown and have some surrealistic traveling in the mind.
"You can make the world", works in this photographic domain.
Hé, and affordable, happy journey.
Mike Werkhoven. Netherlands