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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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David Schaafsma
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography, glbt
I read this and others by Mapplethorpe years ago, and especially when his work was the subject of obscenity trials around this country. I read it again because I just completed Just Kids by Patti Smith, her memoir focusing on her life in Manhattan with her livelong love Robert. The range of work is amazing, and clearly he was a great artist. Unfortunately he is best known and dismissed widely for his bdsm portraits, which obscures his legacy somewhat because some people just don't want to look a ...more
After reading Just Kids, I wanted to see his art again. What a beautiful style and after looking at his work I realize I have seen photos of his all over. So many artists use his photos. One of my favorite is Segourney Weaver. I think of it often. David Bowie used his photo as a cover as did Patti Smith.

I enjoyed the commentary at the back discussing his dual role of artist and pornographer. We was honest in the fact he wanted an artist edge to pornography or the other way around. Some of his im
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Bold and brash, Mapplethorpe surveys the photographer’s vast body of work. A fashion photographer who rose to prominence during the late 1970s and 1980s, Mapplethorpe began his career by taking meticulously composed black-and-white photographs of then-shocking subjects, namely gay male sex and Black male nudes; later, after he had achieved fame, he expanded to floral still lifes, eroticizing plants through his rigid style. His work is neoclassical in its aesthetic, prioritizing symmetry and bala ...more
Sep 15, 2007 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 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.
Tassa DeSalada
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Robert Mapplethorpe's images are so perfect that he brought photography and art to a whole new outstanding level. His need for perfection created a whole catalog of perfect photographs, which translates into a perfect body of perfect work. These images seem unreal, but they're real people. The subjects are good looking, but they're not "Hollywood perfect". They're "Mapplethorpe perfect". And that's the level of this book.
May 23, 2016 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.
Jill Mackin
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 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
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Landmark photography, 1st and best of the oversized coffee table books. Not for children
Mar 11, 2012 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.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
He was a genius.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a disturbing talent.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography, own
Sarah Rudawsky
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admire Mapplethorpe’s freedom of expression, through art and erotic imagery that was truly revolutionary at the time and still is today. I also appreciate Mapplethorpe’s use of light and dark, and his carefully constructed compositions. His photos are often much more beautiful than unsettling.

Mark Holborn’s analysis of Mapplethorpe’s work was really insightful. Holborn does an excellent job of placing Mapplethorpe in his time, as well as reflecting on his relevance today. Holborn’s discussion
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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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