Famed photographer David LaChapelle has been honored with a retrospective at L’Hotel de La Monnaie in Paris. The Connecticut-born photographer’s 2-D and 3-D works will also be making their European debut. The images, called “Auguries of Innocence,” aren’t just normal photographs but photographed paintings, which required innovative scenery and elaborate installations with models and actors. Comprising multiple subjects the works recall old Italian paintings dramatizing religious themes from the Bible. Also in 2-D are pictures of crashed cars, which form a strange counterpart to the typical Parisian historic decor of an old Palais with gold paneling on the walls and crystal fixtures. The exhibition also includes classics from LaChapelle’s body of work, such as “Collapse in a Garden,” Amanda Lepore as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn, and his series of star pictures of Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera. The more recent photograph “Museum” shows the flooded interiors of famous museums and abandoned masterpieces. Altogether, 200 works of art are represented showing his talent from the mid-Eighties to the present day. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2009.

—Barbara Markert