The centrepiece of the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale is an exhibition by David LaChapelle, one of the most important photographers of our time. This is the first time David LaChapelle will exhibit in Australia. LaChapelle who started his career in the 1980s, is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages. His work caught the eye of Andy Warhol who gave him his first job as a photographer for Interview Magazine. Since then his striking images have graced the covers of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D. He has also photographed some of the most recognised faces on the planet – Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Muhammad Ali, Hilary Clinton, Uma Thurman, Pamela Anderson and Whitney Houston, to name a few.
His work is a critique of 20th Century pop culture with beautifully strong and vibrant images. He uses his photographic works as a mirror to the public about wide spread consumerism and its association with idols. This, a nationally exclusive exhibition of up to 90 of LaChapelle’s works spanning 30 years, will connect with art lovers of all ages. This exhibition is not to be missed!
“Mr. LaChapelle is certain to influence the work of a new generation of photographers… Of all the photographers inventing surreal images, it is Mr. LaChapelle who has the potential to be the genre’s Magritte”
Quote from Richard Avedon,
The New York Times with Amy M. Spindler