David LaChapelle began taking photographs in high school. At the age of 18, at the end of the 70s, he moved from North Carolina to New York's Lower East Side. After a chance meeting with Andy Warhol, he began shooting for Interview magazine, the place he calls "art school."
LaChapelle went on to become one of photography's most unique image makers. His vibrant sexualized images, both bizarre and gorgeous, have appeared on and in between the covers of Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, i-D, Vibe, Interview, The Face, British GQ, and Vanity fair to name a few.
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