“GOOD TASTE IS THE DEATH OF ART”: FIRST EDITION OF LACHAPELLE LAND, 1996
LACHAPELLE, David. LaChapelle Land. (New York): Simon & Schuster, 1996. Folio, original laminated photographic covers, original decorative box. $950.
Limited first edition of this whimsical photobook of more than 160 of LaChapelle’s “best and most outrageous images” of the famous and not-so-famous, number 12985 of an unknown limitation.
"In the afterword to this dizzying collection of his photographs, fashion and celebrity photographer LaChapelle says: 'If there's an exhibitionist left who wants his or her picture taken, I'll be there.' His pictures of the famous and not-so-famous in outrageous poses and situations bear this out. Following Truman Capote's dictum that 'good taste is the death of art,' he shoots Faye Dunaway flat on her back on top of a limousine, Tom Jones hanging off a truck in a pink cat suit, a porn star in Times Square on an overstuffed chair surrounded by balloons…" (Publishers Weekly). Cover and box designs by Tadanori Yokoo. LaChapelle Land map laid in.