History of Photography


 

 

 

 


 
Abbott Berenice
 

 

Model Lisette
 
Adams Ansel
 
Outerbridge   Paul
 
Brandt Bill
 
Rodchenko Alexander
 
Brassai
 
Sexton John
 
Bravo Manuel
 
Sherman Cindy
 
Callahan Harry
 
Skrebneski Victor
 
Doisneau
 
Smith Rodney
 
Kertesz Andre
 
Sommer Frederick
 
Koudelka Josef
 
Weegee
 
Laughlin Clarence
 
Weston Edward
 
Man Ray
 
White Minor
 
Mapplethorpe Robert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Robert Mapplethorpe

(b New York, 4 Nov 1946; d Boston, 9 March 1989).

American photographer, sculptor and collagist. In the early 1970s, after studying at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn (1963Ė70), he produced a number of assemblages and collages from magazine photographs often altered by spray painting. In one such work, Julius of California (1971; Charles Cowles priv. col.), he drew a circle around the male figureís genitals as a subversion of the usual practice of censorship. He soon began to take his own black-and-white photographs with a Polaroid camera, incorporating them into collages (e.g. Self-portrait, 1971; Charles Cowles priv. col.,) or arranging them in sequences, as in Patti Smith (Donít Touch here) (1973; artistís col.), a portrait of the poet and singer who was one of his favourite models. Within a year of showing his Polaroids in his first one-man show (New York, Light Gal., 1973) he began to use a large format press camera, followed soon afterwards by a Hasselblad. As his interest in photography increased, so he looked more closely for guidance to such earlier photographers as Nadar, Julia Margaret Cameron and F. Holland Day. His photographs of the later 1970s include a number of homo-erotic, sado-masochistic images, such as Helmut (1978). Here, as in other works, the presentation of a carefully posed figure against a plain paper or cloth backdrop creates a strong formal structure in counterpoint to the shock value and intensity of the subject-matter. This formal emphasis is even more apparent in the flower and still-life works, such as Pan Head and Flower (1976; Holly Solomon priv. col.).
 

 


Robert Mapplethorpe


       

Self-Portrait
1980

 


Self-Portrait, 1988

 


Joe
1978

 


Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter
1979

 


Louise Bourgeois
1982

 


Self-Portrait
1986

 


Jesse McBride, 1976

 


Rosie, 1976

 


Melia Marden, 1983

 


Ken and Tyler, 1985

 


Lindsay Key, 1985

 


Calla Lily, 1986

 


Eva Amurri, 1988

 


Ajitto
1981

 


Apollo
1988

 


Derrick Cross
1982

 


Charles
1985

 


Ken Moody
1983

 


Leatherman II
1970

 


Tulip
1988

 


Patti Smith (Horses)
1975

 


Orchid and Leaf in White Vase
1982

 


Calla Lily
1984


Tim Scott
1980

 


Keith Haring
1984

 


Waves
1980

 


Roses
1986

 


Self Portrait
1983

 


Calla lily
1986

 


Flower arrangement
1980

 


Desmond
1983

 


Cock and Jeans
1978

 


Thomas
1986


Mum
1989

 


Orchids
1980

 


Selfportrait
1981

 


Gun Blast
1985

 


Castelbajac
1985

 


Orchid
1987

 


Ed Ruscha
1984

 


Tulips
1988

 


Flower arrangement
1986

 


Tulips
1987

 


Calla Lily
1988

 


Calla Lily
1988

 


Patti Smith
1978

 


Cindy Sherman
1983

 


Thomas and Amos
1987

 


Lily
1979

 


Patti Smith
1987

 


Alice Neel
1984

 


Andy Warhol
1986

 


Leon Golub
1986

 


Francesco Clemente
1982

 


Brice Marden
1986

 


Ron Simms
1980

 


George Bussey
1986

 


Ken Moody
1984

 


Phillip Prioleau (Cock)
1980

 


William Burroughs
1980

 


Sam Wagstaff
1979

 


Lucinda Childs
1977

 


Louise Nevelson
1986

 


Self Portrait
1980

 


Self Portrait
1985


Andy Warhol
1983

 


Icarus
1989

 


Marty and Veronica
1982

 


Untitled
1972

 


Green Michael
1973

 


Calvin Cort
1975

 


John McKendry
1975

 


Untitled
1971

 


Self Portrait
1972

 


Wrestler
1989

 


Terrel (Weeping Man #739)
1981

 


Self-Portrait (From The X Portfolio)
1978

 


Andy Warhol (Leather Jacket)
1986

 


Tim Scott
1980

 


Two Vases and Flower

 


Protea
1988

 



Thomas
1987

 


Lily
1979

 


Grace Jones
1984

 


Lydia Cheng
1985

 


Flower
1985

 


Man in Polyester Suit (ZC9)
1980

 


Hooded Man
1980

 


Untitled

 


Untitled

 


Tom Scott

 


Untitled
1980

 


Untitled
1980

 


Smutty
1980

 


Marty and Veronica

1982

 


Self-Portrait #733 (with Gun and Star)

1983

 


Skull and Crossbone

1983

 


Candy Darling

1972

 


Roy Lichtenstein

1985

 


Orchid
1989

 


Jack-in-the-pulpit

1988

 


Tarantula

1988

 


Dollar Bill

1987

 


Cross

1984

 


Thomas

1986

 


Nathaniel

1989

 

 


America Suite of 3 Prints
1988

 

 


Self Portrait
1973

 


Self Portrait

1973

 


Self Portrait

1973

 


Self Portrait

1973

 


Orchid

1985

 


Christ

1988

 


Lisa with Scorpion

1981-1983

 


Lady Lisa Lyon
1982

 


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon with snake
1982

 


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon

 


Lisa Lyon


Lisa Lyon

 


Embrace
1982

 


Ken Moody
1983

 


Isabella Rossellini
1988

 


Lisa Marie
1977

 


Lydia Cheng
1985


Patti Smith
1976

Patti Smith, 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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