David LaChapelle is a photographer and director who has worked in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography. He is famous for his surreal and often humorous style. He is sometimes confused with Dave Chapelle, the comedian.
LaChapelle directed (and presumaby wrote) The United Kingdom Channel 4 promo of the first season of Lost, which had the characters cleverly paired as dancing partners. For example, Boone and Claire were paired (life and death) with Locke and Walt conducting. His original promo, was set to the music of Portishead, while the final version was dubbed with the cast members' voices:
LaChapelle was born in Connecticut in 1969 according to his website. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of the Arts in New York City. His first professional job as a photographer was for Interview magazine, an opportunity offered to him by Andy Warhol. He has two published books of his photographs, LaChapelle Land and Hotel LaChapelle, both of which contain vivid and bizarre portraits of celebrities.
More recently, his film Rize, a documentary on the krumping style of dance had its festival premiere at Sundance Film Festival|Sundance in 2005 and was released theatrically in the summer of that year. He also recently directed an advertisement for H&M's new denim selection; this commercial was based on the story of Romeo and Juliet.
His directing work includes music videos for artists including Moby, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Macy Gray, Blink 182, No Doubt, Da Brat & Ludacris, Britney Spears, Joss Stone, Norah Jones, Usher, Gwen Stefani, and Hilary Duff. He also designed and directed Elton John's Las Vegas Show "The Red Piano." He has won numerous awards for his photography and music videos including the Eisies, MTV Europe Music Awards, VH-1 Fashion Awards, MVPA Awards, Sundance Film Festival, and the Aspen Film Festival.
His books include LaChapelle Land (1996), Hotel LaChapelle (1999), which both contain photos of celebrities and models such as Madonna, Elton John, Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson. In 2006 he published Artists and Prostitutes, a limited edition autographed book of photography spans LaChapelle's entire career to date.
Lost UK Channel 4 Promotional videos