SvD Kultur November 29, 2012

His images are magnificently loud and strange paradox. The American photographer David LaChapelle mixes social criticism with beauty cult and tries to puncture the contemporary with the old masters.

Now he is placed on Fotografiska in Stockholm.

It has been snowing in Stockholm and the world's longest red carpet has frozen inside. It would have put the somewhat self-indulgent finishing touch et at Fotografiska great David LaChapelle exhibition - the photographer who got brothers Per and Jan Broman that for a number of years ago embark on a photo museum.

- We are photo geeks are apparently no meteorologists said Per Broman with a wry smile.

Otherwise, "Burning beauty" in advance a given success. LaChapelle attracted 15,000 visitors when brothers Broman 2008 exhibited his works in Nacka, outside Stockholm, and now they expect to at least 100,000, maybe even up to 140 000 people to come and see the approximately 250 works.

It is LaChapelles greatest show ever - the entire museum is filled with images from the 1980s and up to date. Enormous contemporary tableaux covering the walls; Courtney Love as the grieving Mary, Michael Jackson as Jesus, an anonymous model who crushed by a giant hamburger and a modern Icarus plunged into a sea of used computers. David LaChapelle see clear patterns in their career.

- It's incredibly satisfying to see the earliest pictures from the 80's - I honestly never thought I'd see on the gallery walls. They feel like a lifetime away. What surprised me was that they kept the measure and themes that the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the human body constantly recurred in my work, he says.

To be a photographer who shamelessly praised the grandiose and gaudy, who never ever lived by the motto "less is more", appears private person David LaChapelle as a soft-spoken person who is keen to reach out with their photos.

- When I started photographing at Interview Magazine, I wanted to get my pictures to stand out so people stopped when they saw them. I'm attracted to colors, the exaggerated, with humor and beauty and use it to persuade people to see the pictures long enough.

- But some have probably confused the excessive and loud in my pictures with who I am. When I'm not shooting, I'm happiest when I get to hang with my team - not with the celebrities I have photographed.

Seven years ago, he stopped to photograph commercially and does now for their own art projects. Over the years, social criticism has become increasingly clear, consumerism, climate change and our distorted celebrity cult are topics he would like to return to. The freshly series "Still life" testify images of vandalized wax dolls of expresidenter and dead princesses of the modern age transience.

- Youth is really something that is overvalued today. We excellererar in raising up celebrities on a pedestal, but as soon as they start to age, we experience them as outdated, says David LaChapelle.

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