The X-Files Photo Shoot They MAY Want You To Forget
The weekend is on the way, Fabio Frizzi is scoring Puppet Master, everyone's still salty about Cloverfield Paradox, and the Super Bowl riots are still some bullshit. But leave 2018 at the door for a moment, and follow me into a world of things you will never be able to unsee:
The David LaChapelle "X-Files" photo shoot.
LaChapelle is one of the finest, most sought after commercial photographers working today. His photographs have been featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and he has had gallery shows across the world. He also directed the film Rize, a film documenting the new dance forms "clowning" or "krumping" (note: the film is gorgeous and the dancing is incomprehensibly good). And in the early 90s, he did a photo shoot with the stars of a new show on FOX called The X-Files. Following the edict he was given by Andy Warhol in the 1980s, "Do whatever you want. Just make sure everybody looks good."
And, well, it's hard to argue that he wasn't successful:
Look, knowing the artistic gravity and weight of age that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny both have, I'm sure they would blush at these pictures at the least, cracking a smile and a nodding "Where did you dig this up?" And while these pictures deftly capture an exuberant time of artistic experimentation in the early 90s, they also remind us of the time when these two artists, at the beginning of their careers, didn't mind being playful. In the pseudo-seriousness of this most recent season of The X-Files, this actually warms my fan-soul more than anything else.