Happy Birthday to American artist and photographer David LaChappelle! For the past week David LaChappelle seems to be hitting the headlines in the photography world, born on this day in 1963 and better known for his images of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elton John and other celebrities, LaChappelle has recently been in the public eye for an alleged attack on a gallery owner.
David LaChappelle has been accused of allegedly beating and choking gallery owner, James Parmenter. James Parmenter is suing David LaChappelle for 1 million dollars (£663,000) for an accused attack that happened last year.
The alleged attack took place at the house of David LaChappelle’s former manager (Fred Torres) who Chappelle is also reportedly sued for supposedly cheating him out of millions of dollars from sales of his work.
I can’t imagine that this was much a fight, LaChappelle’s faux ghetto look is more Vanilla Ice than 50cent and in regards to a beating, more bitch slaps than fisty cuffs, none the less entertaining.
A representative on behalf of the photographer has denied the claims and no other comment from either party has been released. Happy Birthday David! Lets hope you get a better present than a law suit. If you want to see more of David LaChappelle’s work, you can do here.
Music blogged to- The Libertines ‘Up The Bracket’ (2000), Listen to album on Spotify.
The Product (Instant Iphone Lab):
Gadget lust, a great new gadget from the impossible project team. I couldn’t help getting excited about this great new product. The impossible team have managed to bring back Polaroid production and they have now managed to bridge the gap between digital and analog photography with the ‘instant lab’ meaning that an Iphone can now produce Polaroid images (and no this isn’t some crazy Instagram filter, an actual material object, a real Polaroid).
The Instant Lab, from Vision to Reality:
I received this update through the impossible project e-shot that arrived in my inbox a few days ago. Polaroid has always had a special place in my heart and I use my Iphone camera daily, so by combing the ability to turn my Iphoneography into real life instant photos makes my long lusted dream a reality.
However the dream doesn’t come for free and ultimately with prices starting at just under £100 I was a little disappointed but in all fairness once this Instant lab hits the manufacture belts I won’t be able to resist. Hallelujah for Polaroid and Hallelujah for Impossible film, making the impossible a reality.
Visit kickstarter.co.uk to view a video which explains this project and production in more detail.
If £100 is out of your budget but you would still like your Iphone pictures or Instagram photographs as material objects than a cheaper option would be to use Printsagram. Printsagram is a new app that has developed through the success of Instagram, it’s a reasonably priced printing service which takes your Instagram photography and turns your digital files into printed objects, prices start from as little as £8 for 48 square prints. Visit the Printsagram website here.
Music blogged to: ‘Caribou- Swim’ 2010