The unique style of photography by David LaChapelle is immediately striking due to the abundance of colors and details. His photographs of celebrities are not like formal portraits, as the artist uses a variety of props, unusual settings, and atypical images. For example, photographs of Michael Jackson in the image of an angel trampling a demon against the backdrop of sea cliffs, or Kim Kardashian crying brilliant tears from tinsel make the paintings not only staged but also artistically filled. I was especially struck by the series Jesus is My Homeboy: Last Supper, which reinterprets the image of Jesus in popular culture and demonstrates his life in the metropolis. It is a real art, as photographs evoke emotions, amaze with David LaChapelle’s unique vision and recognizable style.
Ansel Adams’ photographs are mesmerizing at first sight and never let go. Incredible landscapes and views captured on black and white film are striking in scale, advanced tonal solutions, and harmony of composition. Its full-length shots with rich contrast evoke mixed feelings. Low grain, high definition footage, and a selection of angles show Adams as a photography connoisseur. Even though the photographer worked in the last century, his style is still recognizable and unique. Especially surprising is his work with long exposure, where mountain streams in the photograph turn into something stretching and weightless.
Cindy Sherman’s photography, to whom she devoted most of her life, is similar to the work of many other artists of the past and present. The idea of creating unique self-portraits with different looks is not new. Moreover, for me, the works of Cindy Sherman are attractive but do not evoke vivid emotions. For example, Claude Cahun’s self-portraits amaze me much more and show more of a peculiar look. On the one hand, perhaps Cindy’s idea of exploring female stereotypes is different from others. However, on the other hand, the shape and style of the photograph are not impressive. Although photographs that seem attractive from afar, but horrible and ugly up close, probably describe the uniqueness and originality of Sherman’s vision.