There was so much tension and stress I just walked off and didn't go back.But the truth is that I have to thank Madonna for helping me to make a decision.
If that celebrity were to die, this would be the image that summed them up." Such images would include Sophie Dahl in a bath of baked beans; Naomi Campbell in a bikini astride a giant chocolate bunny; Courtney Love, bruised, naked and clawing around in the dirt; Angelina Jolie having her breasts nibbled by a horse; Kanye West wearing a crown of thorns; Marilyn Manson as a lollipop lady; Paris Hilton crouched on the floor, naked except for the leather bindings that render her immobile.
La Chapelle's statement may smack of hubris, though he's not far wrong.
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And, following a falling out with Madonna over the video to her single "Hung Up", there would be no more music videos. "Every time I worked with her it was such a miserable experience.
We had had a meeting beforehand and agreed on what we were going to do, and then we went on set and she just started yelling at me.Perhaps the biggest change is in the work that he now chooses not to do.In 2005, following the release of his film debut Rize, a life-affirming and hugely successful documentary about krumping, the rubber-limbed freestyle dance craze sweeping the South Central area of Los Angeles, La Chapelle resolved that there would be no more fashion shoots, no celebrity portraits, no corporate promos (La Chapelle has shot commercial advertising campaigns for the likes of Lexus, Motorola, HBO and H&M).His pictures seem to glow from within, making everything around them seem shadowy and dull by comparison. Extraordinary in their detail, his pictures leave nothing to the imagination and they are unequivocal about their meaning.Not for La Chapelle the conceptual obfuscation of his artist contemporaries.In recent years, however, La Chapelle has seemed, on the surface at least, to develop a conscience.