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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 21. Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989)

Probably the most lurid photographer of the twentieth century was Robert Mapplethorpe. His work generated controversy and skepticism among the public because it contained staged acts of human eroticism. These images, which were only a part of his portfolio, had been accepted by galleries and museums, only to bring about a heated public discussion of what kind of art should be publicly funded by the U.S. government. While some of his images displayed overt sexual acts, others were beautifully crafted nudes of both men and women. His portraits range from head shots of Andy Warhol to profiles of himself in drag. He even photographed Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bathing suit. He began painting and drawing ...

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