Robert Mapplethorpe

Nov 4, 1946 - Mar 9, 1989

Robert Michael Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits, and still-life images. His most controversial works documented and examined the gay male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A 1989 exhibition of Mapplethorpe's work, titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, sparked a debate in the United States concerning both use of public funds for "obscene" artwork and the Constitutional limits of free speech in the United States.
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“If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.”

Robert Mapplethorpe
Nov 4, 1946 - Mar 9, 1989
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