David Lachapelle - Photographer
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Neither here nor there.
In Beijing, in a small expat coffee/bookshop. He was surrounded by handlers that wanted him finished in exactly one hour but he stayed later than that to answer questions and even stayed after to sign everyone's posters and brochures. He will have a retrospective in June of 2010 at a gallery in Beijing and has come to check out Beijing and speak at a few places. Apparently, the "devil" in the Michael Jackson photo is really an acrobat from Cirque du Soleil whom he is friends with and told David about Beijing. The "devil" guy had actually helped train performers for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
If anything else comes to mind that he said of interest I'll post it here. Someone actually told him "I don't know anything about you! Did you ever shoot color film?" Wow.
*Forgot, he spoke about an ed he did for Italian Vogue shot 4 months before hurricane Katrina with models in Viktor & Rolf standing in front of damaged and destroyed homes in Florida (damage from hurricanes before Katrina). When it went to print Katrina had just happened and he was being blamed for being insensitive and cruel, and the editor of Italian Vogue (Sozzani?) had to calm him down and do damage control. I think he said that was the last fashion ed he did? I and/or he could be wrong but that's what I remember.
He also said about the death by hamburger photo, that he found it funny because he's been a vegetarian since he was 15.
Also, that he's intrigued by how consumed by materialism and consumerism we are/were and wanted to say something about that in his photos. I know he's only just visited Beijing, but if only he knew how bad it is here in China...
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