Everyone had a judgment about Michael Jackson, but I think Michael was a messenger and he was here to teach us. He was a really good friend of mine. When he was charged with pedophilia, he still lived his life with such dignity. Even when he was under the most horrible of times, he never lost it, he never freaked out. He just lived it out with dignity, and kindness, and talent.
- David LaChapelle
Here are some of the digital portraits that LaChapelle, renowned photographer and personal friend of Jackson, created in homage to Michael after his death in 2009. They are part of a collection he calls “American Jesus.”