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Robert Mapplethorpe – Look at the Pictures


Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe




Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff

 Robert Mapplethorpe – ‘Look at the Pictures’ at the IFI

Robert Mapplethorpe the infamous and controversial photographer was born in Queens, New York in 1946.   During the late sixties and early seventies he became involved with the musician and writer Patti Smith who believed in him and helped galvanize his unique vision.     They lived together for a time at the Chelsea Hotel where they eked out an existence working in part time jobs trying to fund their artistic dreams.   Mapplethorpe  later met  the well known art dealer Sam Wagstaff who had an enormous impact on his life both personally and professionally.  Wagstaff was responsible for  launching Mapplethorpe’s international career

The Irish Film Theatre is currently showing a documentary  about Mapplethorpe and his work using rediscovered recordings.  With his voice as  the narrator he is shockingly candid about life, loves, and work.   He was dedicated to making his chosen medium, photography,  as respected and valued as a fine art and  succeeded in doing so.

His final show, ‘The Perfect Moment’, which he planned while was terminally ill with AIDS, ignited a culture war that still reverberates today raising the conflict between what is art and what is pornography.

Robert Mapplethorpe died of AIDS-related complications in 1989 at the age of only 42 .  His work continues to incite debate and raise questions about artistic censorship.




One comment on “Robert Mapplethorpe – Look at the Pictures

  1. mwingapo
    April 26, 2016

    Great stuff, Mapplethorpe is one of the masters but I never realized he was living with Patti Smith. That was an interesting read thanks for making my college work so enjoyably. Fair play



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