In 2006, the Fellini of photography David LaChapelle went off the grid, moved to a nudist colony in West Maui, Hawaii, and started over. Good News is the aptly-named second volume of LaChapelle’s first publication in a decade, celebrating the creative renaissance of one of the world’s influential pop culture photographers.
Picking up where Lost + Found left off, LaChapelle sets the tone with his Deluge (2006) series, which marks the end of a dark era characterized by consumerism and hyper-sexuality. We then follow his rich artistic renewal through the photographer’s own lens: over 180 unpublished works trace his thematic exploration of spirituality, redemption, and human existence.
Good News is an intimate glimpse into LaChapelle’s personal spiritual revolution, spanning across classic series like Angels, Saints and Martyrs (1984) to completely new works like Paradise (2017), with vertiginous cultural icons like Courtney Love, Tupac, Paris and Michael Jackson, Lana Del Rey, Pamela Anderson, Miriam Makeba and Elizabeth Taylor.
Together with Lost + Found, this second volume constitutes an exclusive visual map to the groundbreaking œuvre, stylistic development, and inner workings of an unrivaled critical mind, bringing into question the hyper-polished world of pop culture with groundbreaking aesthetics.