It’s like tripping into the strangest of dreamscapes with your eyes wide shut. David LaChapelle’s photographs have the surreal quality of REM sleep after one too many shots of Tequila. Noted for shooting a mélange of celebrities, models, and assorted misfits, the famed photographer offers his second book- Hotel LaChapelle (Bulfinch Press/Callaway, $60) – in November. The tome follows a recent solo exhibition at Soho’s Tony Shafrazy Gallery, where he used to crash openings to catch a glimpse of Andy Warhol or Keith Haring.
LaChapelle’s Fellini-like images have appeared in such magazines as Rolling Stone, Interview, Vanity Fair, and French Vogue as well as in his 1996 debut book, LaChapelle Land. With Hotel LaChapelle, the photographer checks the eyes of the beholder into a room with an unearthly view. No reservation required.
By Jacqueline Micucci