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David LaChapelle’s Apocalyptic Photo Show in Paris
The famed pop photographer returns to the spotlight this weekend...
Entertainment 01 Nov 2018

The famed pop photographer returns to the spotlight this weekend when he opens his latest exhibition in Paris, “Letter to the World” opening November 3 at Galerie Templon.
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The First Supper, 2017 © David LaChapelle. Courtesy Templon, Paris & Brussels
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Venus of Willendorf (Pink), 2016  © David LaChapelle. Courtesy Templon, Paris & Brussels
We already know he shot Kim K recently for KKW, but here, he brings together old celebrity portraits from the past (Michael Jackson and David Bowie) alongwith his religious-inspired works to show a world in destruction, an impending apocalypse.
With environmental disasters and over-consumption consumerism, the artist hopes to highlight Da Vinci-inspired works that look more like 16th century iconography, than pop culture, by showcasing works made from 1983 to 1989, alongside works from his new Taschen book.
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Left: State of Consciousness, 2018 © David LaChapelle. Courtesy Templon (Paris, Brussels) , Right: The End of Battle, 2015 © David LaChapelle
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The House at The End of The World, 2005 © David LaChapelle. Courtesy Templon, Paris & Brussels
“To watch too much news can lead to cynicism, which can lead to apathy and doing nothing because it will seem hopeless, but one has to be very careful of that,” he recently told Garage.
“As an artist, we have a choice of what we can create, and I want to create things that can enlighten you and touch people and bring hope. I want them to feel hopeful, I want them to feel engaged with beauty and transcendence—good news—light over dark.”
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Death by Hamburger, 2001 © David LaChapelle. Courtesy Templon, Paris & Brussels
Cover: A New World, 2017 © David LaChapelle. Courtesy Galerie Templon, Paris and Brussels

Text by Nadja Sayej
Photos via twitter, templon, arts-in-the-city

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