Famous Gay Photographers Series - Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) became one of the most famous gay male artists of his time as a result of the controversy surrounding his 1989 exhibit "The Perfect Moment." Perhaps best known for his X and Y portfolios, composed of S&M and flower images, respectively, Mapplethorpe combines cool elegance of composition, stylized forms, and shocking subject matter.
Mapplethorpe's work actually spans a range of media and subject matter, but it was his documentation of S&M practices that thrust his work into the center of the controversy over censorship in the arts.

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