There are two main reasons to visit this exhibit that runs until May 31st in Paris : the exhibit is located in a wonderful setting and the quality of the 150 pictures displayed is just outstanding. Indeed, the Hotel de la Monnaie on the banks of the Seine River hosts the exposition in old Renaissance style rooms whose decorated roofs are a must see in itself. As for exhibit it contains, among others, a few of LaChapelle’s large scales pictures such as « the Deluge », his surprising series of « Awakened » (where people hover dressed in a water container) and his most famous pictures of world reknown stars. Note also that two videos on the making of his large scale works are shown and give an idea of the human resources and technical means necessary to perform such shootings. Finally and on top of being a « pop art » artist with an endless creativity and composition talent, David LaChapelle knows how to convey strong messages such as a a dismissal of capitalism and consumerim, or the presence of God in even the most incongruous scenes.
The shot below shows a visitor at the entrance of the exhibit looking at the top of the building. Was he looking at the ceiling decorations or already feeling a divine presence ? (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO640