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Portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe and Samuel Wagstaff

Francesco Scavullo1974

SCAD Museum of Art

SCAD Museum of Art

American fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo is known for revamping the image of the ?working girl? in Cosmopolitan magazine in the mid 1960s. In this black-and-white double portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe and Samuel Wagstaff, Scavullo captures a moment of affection between the artist and collector who were also long-time companions. Mapplethorpe stands just behind Wagstaff?s left shoulder with his arms reaching around in a protective embrace. Both men stare intently at the camera. While Scavullo was a prolific fashion photographer, he also captured numerous intimate moments shared between his friends and acquaintances in the celebrity, art and fashion worlds.

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