David LaChapelle strikes again... and after this he chose to move to a totally different genre.
David LaChapelle to Interview Magazine: I used a Michael Jackson impersonator and spent weeks and weeks moving pixels around to create the face of Michael Jackson circa 1990. It's a photograph, but it's a not a portrait, so it sort of redefines what a photograph is. We spent so much time going back in and putting in details and flaws, and there's no question that it's Michael Jackson. But he never posed for it. It's a very strange concept. In a way, it's going back to painting.
There some very interesting material in the Q&A over at the Interview Magazine Blog.