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This major, long out-of-print survey, widely regarded as the definitive overview of Mapplethorpe's black-and-white photography, is once again available in a new, updated edition. It presents a comprehensive selection of Mapplethorpe's nudes, portraits, self-portraits, floral still lifes and other works, including his best known and most controversial images. Mapplethorpe's...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Te Neues Publishing Company
(first published 1992)
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Mapplethorpe is sadly most known for his homoerotic images which shed light on the underground (BDSM) sex scene of New York in the late 70's and early 80's. Later his work became much more commercial as he turned to taking vibrant full-color still lifes of flowers. I don't think that this in anyway however diminishes the importance of his work.
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.More about Robert Mapplethorpe...