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Friday, January 22, 2016

Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe

     Robert Mapplethorpe, born in the mid 1940's in New York, started his career in art from humble beginnings. Carefully crafting portraits of his friends, such as Patti Smith, with a basic polaroid camera; he eventually went on to become an influential photographer in both queer and mainstream communities. Most of his work is in black and white and consists of erotic portraits of black and white bodies, which would later stir controversy in the debate over public funding of the arts.
     Though Mapplethorpe died in the late eighties from HIV/AIDS complications, his work is still revered today through his foundation.

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