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Lady: Lisa Lyon
This work presents a collaboration between photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and body builder/performance artist Lisa Lyon. It explores the themes of gender, stereotype and role-playing and has become a cult classic since its initial publication in 1983.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 20th 1996 by Bulfinch Press
(first published March 15th 1983)
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Oct 09, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: decadent photography
Lisa Lyons was the very first womens' champion bodybuilder in the early Eighties, so Robert Mapplethorpe photographed an entire portfolio of her portraying various personae: Circus Girl, Dominatrix, Black Widow, Biker, and many nudes, etc. The results are mixed: some pictures are well done and some look like amateur hour at flick*r, but Lyon is a good model. Check it out! ...more
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.