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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, 382 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Te Neues Publishing Company (first published 1992)
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Sep 15, 2007 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-culture
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.
Apr 24, 2009 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-and-design
This is an amazing collection of Mapplethorpe's work. It shows the sheer breadth of his subjects and the nuance of his artistic vision.
Tristan Goding
Dec 25, 2015 Tristan Goding rated it it was amazing
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I was first introduced to Robert Mapplethorpe's photography when I was in high school, and the first image in question was the highly sexual homoerotic image on the front cover of this legendary tome. His imagery, however, immediately struck me as magnificent from the first time I ever laid my eyes on it. The forbidden imagery of it mixed with the simplicity of the presentation, the excessive camp often exhibited in the actions of the subjects, and the disarming intensity of elements, and the su ...more
May 28, 2016 Travis rated it it was amazing
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My third book for #bannedbooksweek this year, although it is the artist's work and not this specific collection that has been banned and/or challenged.

A much wider scope of subject matter than I had heard about in the press. His photographs of flowers are really very, very good. All his photographs are. I had only heard about his more sexually-themed photographs on TV. It was a nice surprise.

Well worth reading. Very enjoyable.
Aug 20, 2014 Valissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
Very beautiful photos, some of them a bit disturbing but also beautiful, which may cause you tho think. I think he was a talented photographer who had quite and axe to grind, and this collection of his work show both aspects
Mar 11, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
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Considering their overtly sexual nature, Mapplethorpe’s photos are surprisingly stark and emotionless. They seem more like statues than living flesh.
Stéphanie Amesse
Apr 15, 2012 Stéphanie Amesse rated it it was amazing
Worth every dime for the photos, though the Danto essay misses so many points it's not even funny.
Greg Wolfson
Nov 04, 2013 Greg Wolfson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Landmark photography, 1st and best of the oversized coffee table books. Not for children
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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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