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LaChapelle. Heaven to Hell

Hardcover, 10.2 x 13 in., 6.49 lb, 352 pages
US$ 40
The explosive third volume in the trilogy that began with LaChapelle Land (1996) and continued with the infamous Hotel LaChapelle (1999). From the most famous faces to the anonymous and marginalized, the collection bursts with LaChapelle’s trademark baroque excess and his inversion of the consumption he appears to celebrate, with apocalyptic overtones alongside visual and thematic references to the Renaissance, The Bible, pornography, and globalized pop culture.

The Fellini of photography

Life on Planet LaChapelle

“The only link between Andy Warhol and J-Lo.” —GQ, London on David LaChapelle

LaChapelle Heaven to Hell is the 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.

This popular hardcover edition of 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

David LaChapelle was offered his first professional job by Andy Warhol to shoot for Interview magazine. Since then his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including Tony Shafrazi Gallery and Deitch Projects in New York, and London's Barbican. His images have appeared in countless magazines including Vogue Italia, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and i-D. In recent years he has expanded into music videos, live theatrical events and documentary film-making.

LaChapelle. Heaven to Hell
Hardcover, 10.2 x 13 in., 6.49 lb, 352 pages
Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

“Well, as a hard-core romantic I have TASCHEN books scattered all about my homes. They are both a pleasure to read and very decorative. And I love them all. Still, I must confess that my love of the LaChapelles might be the biggest.”
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt
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Heaven to Hell
US$ 40
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