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LaChapelle, David (Photographer) & Yokoo, Tadanori (Graphic Designer). LACHAPELLE LAND: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID LACHAPELLE. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 152 pages. As New.

The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. Now considered one of the most important photography books of the last decade of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 25000 numbered copies. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Reissued Edition published in 2005, which is an exact facsimile of it. A brilliant production by David LaChapelle and Tadanori Yokoo: Oversize-volume format. A very tall and slim book. Tadanori Yokoo's dazzling design is now considered one of the greatest book designs of the 20th century. Glossy pictorial hard covers with colorful titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and brief text by David LaChapelle. LaChapelle Land Map laid-in. Matching glossy pictorial box. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on glossy stock paper in the United States to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents and welcomes the viewer with wide open arms to a fresh, new vision of a new land, LaChapelle Land. "LaChapelle's elaborately planned photo-tableaux are full of theatrically arresting action, of sexiness, of celebrity flesh and faces, of costume and of starkly contrasting, highly saturated colors. They are often so overtly and unapologetically synthetic that they seem to be collages but in the two pages of text, LaChapelle imparts that all 'these scenarios existed somewhere, for some period of time'. They also resemble rock video imagery, you can almost hear them, but not really, thank God, and they hold still, making enjoyment of their studied outlandishness easier" (Publisher's blurb). An outrageously over-the-top collection that is presented in a groundbreaking format, this is a "must-have" title for David LaChapelle and photography book collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue marker by David LaChapelle. This edition sold out quickly despite its relatively large print run and is now very highly collectible. Although described as a Limited Edition and each copy is serially numbered, surely the photographer was teasing collectors about their obsession with Limited Editions. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Its fragile box is intact; the "LaChapelle Land Map", missing in most copies of the book, is in pristine condition; every page is clean, crisp, and bright, an unread collector's copy. Most copies available online have major flaws while signed copies command as much as $1000. A rare signed copy thus. 131 color plates. David LaChapelle's "La Chapelle Land" was selected as one of the "Seminal Photography Books of the 20th Century" in the "Book of 101 Books". One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 0684833026. $500.00

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