David LaChapelle was born on 11 March 1963, in Hartford, Connecticut USA, and is a fine-art photographer, film director, artist, and music video director, but best known for his photography work. being called the Fellini of photography, although all of his endeavors have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is David LaChapelle? As of mid-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in art. He’s worked for international publications, and has conducted several exhibits as well as commercial galleries around the world. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
David LaChapelle Net Worth $5 million
While growing up, David’s interest in art grew thanks to the programs in the public schools of Connecticut. At the age of 15, he ran away from home and worked as a busboy in New York City. He eventually returned to his family in North Carolina, and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. He took his first photograph while on a vacation in Puerto Rico, of his mother.
David became affiliated with 303 Gallery in the 1980s, and his work started earning recognition. He was noticed by Interview magazine, and was offered work there. He met Andy Warhol who gave him creative freedom, and then his photographs started appearing in various magazines, including Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. His net worth was increasing significantly, and in 1995 he created the famous “kissing sailors” advertisement which was one of the first ads to show a gay or lesbian couple kissing. LaChapelle also ventured into art photography, which included various themes such as salvation, redemption and consumerism.
However, David has photographed many popular personalities such as Tupac Shakur, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Muhammad Ali, and have been collected in many books including “LaChapelle Land”, “Heaven to Hell”, “LaChapelle, Artists and Prostitutes”, and “Hotel LaChapelle”. All of these endeavors continued to increase his net worth.
David has recently focused more on fine art photography, holding exhibitions in museums and galleries, which have included Palazzo Reale, Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Kausthaus Wein, Barbican Museum, and Musee de La Monnaie. In 2011, he held an exhibition in New York’s The Lever House, and continued in places such as Prague, Seoul, and Puerto Rico. In 2014, he exhibited the series “Land Scape” in New York, Paris, and London, and one of his latest exhibitions was showcased at The Victoria and Albert Museum London, in Uruguay, Edward Hopper House, and DSC Gallery.
For his personal life, it is known that David is openly gay. He credits his mother for the influence in his art direction. In 2006, he moved to an isolated part of Hawaii which was completely sustainable. Eventually he returned to shoot for a gallery after he was invited by a colleague. This allowed him to flourish his fine art photography skill.
The first photograph he took was of his mother when he was six years old.
Mother is Helga.
Has two siblings, Sonja and Philip.
Andy Warhol offered him his first professional job, shooting for Interview magazine.
Ranked among the Top Ten Most Important People in Photography in the World by American Photo Magazine.
Attended North Carolina School of the Arts, Arts Student League (NYC) and the School of Visual Arts (NYC).
Has been a professional fashion photographer of celebrity portraits for such magazines as Details, Vanity Fair, The Face, Vogue, Interview, Rolling Stone etc. since 1987. He quickly became one of the most famous fashion and entertainment photographers in the world.
His first photograph was of his single mother, Helga LaChapelle, on a family vacation in Puerto Rico. She wore a bikini and held a martini glass on a balcony. From then on he was obsessed with photography.
I never wanted to be famous. I always wanted to take famous photographs.
My pictures are about getting as far away from reality as possible. Dreams should be part of our everyday life.