20 iconic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe
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Once the famous critic Lyudmila Lunina wrote about Robert Mapplethorpe: "It would be wonderful to bring his exhibition here. Then we would understand more clearly who is worth what."
In memory of the legendary American photographer, we have selected several of his striking works.
Robert Mapplethorpe is one of the most famous and talented photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. In a sense, he was a follower of Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. It was from them that he adopted the erotic manner of shooting flowers and an interest in the image of male nudity, although his photos are much more explicit.
Mapplethorpe was born on November 4, 1946 in a suburb of New York. He grew up in a family of zealous Catholics who provided their six children with a calm and joyful childhood. Apparently already at that time Robert was a rebel; in any case, he recalled the first years of his life without much enthusiasm:
So he did, moving to Brooklyn at the age of 16 and returning to his native Queens only for his own funeral 27 years later…
Mapplethorpe was mainly a studio photographer. He often photographed flowers-mostly orchids.
He also created a series of interesting photo portraits (Andy Warhol, Richard Gere, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others).
1976. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Deborah Harry (cult band Blondie) in 1978 and a famous rocker, as well as a close friend of Robert — Patti Smith in 1986
Isabella Rosellini, 1986
Photo by Peter Gabriel for the cover of the new album, 1986
Iggy Pop, 1981.
Portrait of Andy Warhol in 1987.
At Christie's auction in 2006, the picture was sold for a record 643,200 US dollars, becoming one of the most expensive in the history of photography.
However, Robert Mapplethorpe became widely known thanks to his erotic photographs. They are visually similar to the images of sculptures, while some retain a powerful human energy.
"Derrick Cross", photo from 1982.
Robert Mapplethorpe said this about his work:
A picture from 1987.
The photographer arranged the light and composition in such a way as to emphasize the aloofness, coldness, almost lifelessness of the depicted. Even from a naked body, Robert Mapplethorpe managed to create a still life ("dead nature").
"Sonya and Tracy", 1988.
The last portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe's work, depicting the head of the US Department of Health, Everett Koop, was published in Time magazine less than two months before the artist's death on March 9, 1989.