Eye Candy

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.30pm, Stu­dio An­other chance to check­out the work of art pho­tog­ra­pher David LaChapelle, who loves the idea of art that is big­ger than life and more beau­ti­ful than the dream. ‘‘ If you want re­al­ity, you know, take the bus,’’ he says as his dream-like vi­sions of beau­ti­ful naked women and male sub­jects such as Mark Wahlberg and Mar­i­lyn Man­son fill the screen. But LaChapelle’s pho­tos are not just beau­ti­ful, they al­ways tell a story. An as­sis­tant ex­plains the team works the way film­mak­ers do, with set de­sign­ers and peo­ple who ac­quire all the ob­jects and fash­ions for the of­ten lav­ish shoots. We find out about the in­flu­ence of Andy Warhol, with whom LaChapelle once worked, and speak to arty types about the pho­tog­ra­pher’s ge­nius. LaChapelle seems re­fresh­ingly down-to-earth.

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