With our new snapshot section, I find myself looking for and getting familiar with some of the world’s best fashion photographers. David LaChapelle stands out from the pack as he mixes religious and political messages with pop icons, exposing–in technicolor–the glorification of celebrity and the inconsistencies between what we claim to believe and what we do.

When I heard there was a Dave LaChapelle exhibit in Paris, I hurried down to Monnaie de Paris to see what was what:

Dave LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

Dave LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

On top of being the mastermind behind the Lil Kim as Louis Vuitton picture and a Baby Phat campaign shot, LaChapelle also conceived of this controversial picture of Kanye West:

David LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

This eye catching shot of Alek Wek:

David LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

This memorable portrait of Tupac Shakur:

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And many many more:

David LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

David LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

David LaChapelle Exhibit Paris

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His art pushes the envelope yet remains beautiful and thought provoking.

Read more about LaChapelle at his website, www.davidlachapelle.com.

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