David Lachapelle lecture at Robilant & Voena

Lachapelle deconstructing his portrait of Courtney Love

Lachapelle deconstructing his portrait of Courtney Love

I was lucky  to get invited to hear David Lachapelle talk about his work earlier this week. The lecture, at Robilant & Voena Gallery in Mayfair, coincided with his exhibition of new work, “Earth Laughs in Flowers”. It was a unique opportunity to get inside the mind of a photographer who I’ve always admired. Not disimilar to hearing an intimate acoustic set from a favourite musician. His delivery was reassuringly strained yet his passion more than overcompensated his difficulties. He compared an artist being asked to talk about their work to asking an author to draw a picture to describe their book.

It was a media heavy event with several photographers and videographers tripping over themselves to document it. I sneaked a little pic with my G10 when he was talking about this shot he did of Courtney Love. This image blew my mind when I first saw it in 2007. It shows Courtney Love cradling a dead man who is pretty much identical to Curt Kobain. Its shot in style of Bellini’s depiction of Mary holding her dead son Jesus. It is a simplistic modern take on ultimate loss and testament to his daring imagination that a picture like this ever got taken. He mentioned his respect for Courtney Love for collaborating in this image but I say respect to him for coming up with the concept and having the guts to see it through. You can see the making of it on David Lachaelle’s website

His recent work being exhibited is definitely worth a look too. Surprisingly they are a series of still life images of flowers – but done distinctly in a Lachapelle style and blown up massive.

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