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Black Book

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In Black Book, Robert Mapplethorpe presents an astonishing photographic study of black men today. In their diversity, impact, subtlety, technical virtuosity, erotic appeal, and deep humanity, these photographs constitute a stunning celebration of the contemporary black male.

"all my life they've been near me/these men" says Ntozake Shange in her Foreword, "i've been holdin

Paperback, Miniature Edition, 112 pages
Published May 20th 1997 by Bulfinch Press (first published December 15th 1986)
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Black Book was the first modern photographic collection to portray and celebrate the beauty of African American men. When published in 1986, it merely inflamed Mapplethorpe's already bad reputation with Ronald Reagan and the radically conservative Republican Party, who had been censoring him by withdrawing public NEA grants. The work has clear homoerotic content (yet is not in any way pornographic) but many feel that the deep-seated and unstated true political objections were racially based. For ...more
I'm on a Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe kick. This is Mapplethorpe's collection of African American men.
Aaron the Pink Donut
beautifully executed male nude studies. One of Mapplethorpe's best.
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Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and naked men. The frank, homosexually erotic nature of some of the work of his middle period triggered a more general controversy about the public funding of artworks.
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