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Faith, trust and pixie dust: David LaChapelle and Paris Jackson

t doesn’t happen often that a teen without any music records to her name features in Rolling Stone. Yet Paris Jackson, daughter of the late King of Pop, graces the magazine’s February 2017 cover. Her striking semi-religious portrait reflects the artistic vision of David LaChapelle (1963). Here’s a closer look at some of the symbolism and imagery LaChapelle may have used.

Paris Jackson by David LaChapelle, 2016 (photo: David LaChapelle)
Paris Jackson by David LaChapelle, 2016 (photo: David LaChapelle)

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Redeeming the King of Pop: David LaChapelle’s fine art portrayal of Michael Jackson (part 2)

Rude, kitsch, hilarious and surreal. These are just a few labels that critics have applied to David LaChapelle’s (1963) photography and video art work. Yet his work has also been defined as ‘hyper-realistic aesthetic’ and ‘artfully staged tableaux’ that carry ‘layered social messages’. Without a doubt, LaChapelle’s art is made to question and provoke. Particularly when the subject of his work is Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.

David LaChapelle's 'Archangel Michael' detail

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Redeeming the King of Pop: David LaChapelle’s fine art portrayal of Michael Jackson (part 1)

Rude, kitsch, hilarious and surreal. These are just a few labels that critics have applied to David LaChapelle’s (1963) photography and video art work. Yet his work has also been defined as ‘hyper-realistic aesthetic’ and ‘artfully staged tableaux’ that carry ‘layered social messages’. Without a doubt, LaChapelle’s art is made to question and provoke. Particularly when the subject of his work is Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.

David LaChapelle's 'American Jesus'

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Five Jackson duets that stayed under the radar

Someone once said: “A duet is like a railroad car: it is indivisible and runs on parallel tracks.” Michael Jackson rode his railroad cars with titans of music such as Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. But the King of Pop’s music archive also contains duets that are hardly known – if known at all. The following five are worth your time.

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury
Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury (photos: video stills, live in concert)

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