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LaChapelle Land: Photographs by David LaChapelle (First Edition) [SIGNED]

Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster Editions/Callaway Editions, 1996
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0684833026
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111855



First edition, first printing. Signed in black marker opposite the half-title page by LaChapelle. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated laminated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued; contained in a photographically illustrated, laminated paper-covered box. Photographs and text by David LaChapelle. Cover and box collages by Tadanori Yokoo. Includes a list of plates and an additional 4-page illustrated "LaChapelle Land Map" insert with black-and-white thumbnail reproductions of the page layouts and plate captions. Designed by Toshiya Masuda. 152 pp., with 131 four-color full-bleed plates (including numerous two-page spreads) and additional color and black-and-white illustrations, beautifully printed on fine glossy paper (from separations by Richard Benson) by Palace Press International under the supervision of True Sims and Raoul Goff. Book 14-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches; box 14-5/8 x 11-9/16 inches. This first edition was issued as numbered copies stamped on the underside of the box (this being number 31399).

[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001).]


Fine in Near Fine box (a few stray surface marks; closed tears at two corners of lid).


From the publisher: "The acclaimed Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century recognizes David LaChapelle's 1996 LaChapelle Land as its 101st book. And rightly so. The marriage of LaChapelle's vivid, high-octane images with graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo's supersaturated designs make for an astonishing physical object.

'There's a tradition of celebrity portraiture that attempts to uncover the 'real person' behind the trappings of their celebrity. I am more interested in those trappings,' says LaChapelle. Indeed, he exaggerates the artificiality of fame and Hollywood culture in a head on collision of color, plastic, and whimsy. His photographs confront our visual taste and challenge our ideas of celebrity, all the while taking us on a roller coaster ride through his hyper-sensationalized galaxy. Lil' Kim becomes the ultimate status symbol, tattooed in the Louis Vuitton pattern. Madonna rises from pink waters as a mystical dragon princess. Pamela Anderson hatches out of an egg; and Alexander McQueen burns down the castle dressed as the Queen of Hearts.

David LaChapelle's uncompromising originality is legendary in the worlds of fashion, film, and advertising. His images, both bizarre and gorgeous, have appeared on and in between the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Vibe and more. LaChapelle Land is fun park America gone surrealistically wrong - but in such an attractive way. David LaChapelle's photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Details, French Vogue, The Face, Detour, The New York Times Magazine, Arena, and on MTV. The images [LaChapelle] creates are part sex, part satire, part fantasy--in a word, outrageous. This 'mind-blowingly lavish compilation' features portraits of Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Faye Dunaway, Andy Warhol, Tupac Shakur, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more. Packaged in a beautiful box designed by the legendary Japanese graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo, this book offers a truly entertaining visual experience."