20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

• 20 iconic photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe

Once known critic Ludmila Lunin wrote about Robert Mapplethorpe: "It would be great to bring his show here. Then we clearly understand who is who. "

For the birthday of the legendary American photographer, we have picked up some of his outstanding works.

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

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20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait, 1980.

Robert Mapplethorpe (Robert Mapplethorpe) - 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 is up to them, he took over the erotic style of shooting color and interest to the image of the male nude, though his picture is much more frank.

Mapplethorpe was born November 4, 1946 in a suburb of New York. He grew up in a family of ardent Catholics who have provided their six children quiet and happy childhood. Apparently even at that time, Robert was a rebel; In any case, he recalled his early years without much enthusiasm: "I spent my childhood in the American suburb", - he told me later - "a very quiet place: excellent to spend his childhood, and even better - to leave him forever." What he did, moving to 16 years in Brooklyn and returned to his native Queens only at his own funeral 27 years later ...

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe was basically a studio photographer. He often photographed flowers - mostly orchids.

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe 20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

He also created a series of interesting portraits (Andy Warhol, Richard Gere, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others).

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

1976. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe 20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Debbie Harry (cult band Blondie) in 1978 and known rokkersha and close friend Robert - Patti Smith in 1986

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Isabella Rosellini, 1986

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Photo of Peter Gabriel for the cover of the new album in 1986

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Iggy Pop, 1981.

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Portrait of Andy Warhol in 1987. At Christie's auction in 2006 the picture was sold for a record US $ 200 643, becoming one of the most expensive in the history of photography.

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

However, the well known Robert Mapplethorpe was due to its erotic photographs. They are visually similar to the sculptures image, while retaining some powerful human energy.

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe 20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

"Derrick Cross" photo 1982.

Robert Mapplethorpe said of his work: "I wanted people to see that even such extreme things can be turned into art ... And I think, in the best of these photos it happened, again, due to the composition. I think that is an achievement, and this issue I would like to solve. "

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

Snapshot 1987. Photographer been building light and composition in such a way as to emphasize the estrangement, coldness, almost lifeless depicted. Even from the naked body, Robert Mapplethorpe managed to create a still life ( "dead nature").

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

"Sonia Tracy", 1988.

"I tried to say something about sexuality. I was in awe of people who experimented on himself. "

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe 20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

"I did not photograph that does not specifically me .... I came into the picture, because it struck me as the perfect tool for commenting all the craziness today existence ... "

20 iconic pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe

"I'm trying to capture the moment in which I live and the place where I live, and I live in New York. I'm trying to grasp the moments of madness and give them a certain order. As evidence of the time it's not so bad - this work could be done at a different time. "

Last portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe, depicting a chapter published in Time Magazine USA Everett Coop Health Ministry less than two months before his death March 9, 1989.