Robert Mapplethorpe Photography

“Leather-clad men handcuffed and holding whips stare nonchalantly out of black and white photographs. Naked torsos, suggestively unbuttoned shirts and large guns are just some of the recurring and highly charged motifs which made photographer Robert Mapplethorpe notorious when Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art refused to display his work shortly after his death in 1989.”

Deborah Harry Self Portrait, 1978

Self Portrait, Robert Mapplethorpe 1980

 

For more information on Robert Mapplethorpe and his photography, visit http://www.mapplethorpe.org. Also check out the book, “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, one of Mapplethorpe’s early muses.

E.

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