The X-Files Photo Shoot They MAY Want You To Forget

The X-Files Photo Shoot They MAY Want You To Forget

Happy Thursday!

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 Rizea 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: 

Duchovny clearly striking his "James Wood on the cover of Videodrome" pose.

Duchovny clearly striking his "James Wood on the cover of Videodrome" pose.

Here is LaChapelle fulfilling the one requirement for the shoot: sorta referencing the show

Here is LaChapelle fulfilling the one requirement for the shoot: sorta referencing the show

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.

I just...I mean...where do we begin with this maroon madness?

I just...I mean...where do we begin with this maroon madness?

HAIR. GOALS. ON. POINT.

HAIR. GOALS. ON. POINT.

Duchovny would actually be great in a future Saw film

Duchovny would actually be great in a future Saw film

There's too much to unpack in this photo that can fit in a caption.

There's too much to unpack in this photo that can fit in a caption.

Is it because she works in the government that she's holding a rocket?

Is it because she works in the government that she's holding a rocket?

Photographs by: David LaChapelle. Via: Bored Panda

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