Embracing the image

David LaChapelle’s extraordinary photographs, featured over the following pages, have come to Dublin in a new exhibition, American Jesus

19th September, 2009

Two minutes into our conversation, it’s clear that David LaChapelle is a charmer. But while he’s a clean-cut, in-his-prime, all-American alpha male, he is defined by neither charm nor good looks. If there are artists who capture the zeitgeist, he belongs to the tiny elite that creates the blueprint for the zeitgeist.

Commercially speaking, he is the hottest photographer on the planet. At auction over the past year, when most art...

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