r o b e r t  m a p p l e t h o r p e  P H O T O G R A P H E R
patti smith, 1976

In the 1970’s Mappplethorpe acquired the polaroid camera saying he felt “it was more honest”. this later influenced his interest in documenting the New York S&M underground scene in the late 1970’s, shooting his circle of friends and acquaintances - musicians such as Patti Smith, artists, socialites and pornographic film stars. “the result resulting photographs are shocking for their content and remarkable for their technical and formal mastery.”

r o b e r t  m a p p l e t h o r p e  P H O T O G R A P H E R

patti smith, 1976

In the 1970’s Mappplethorpe acquired the polaroid camera saying he felt “it was more honest”. this later influenced his interest in documenting the New York S&M underground scene in the late 1970’s, shooting his circle of friends and acquaintances - musicians such as Patti Smith, artists, socialites and pornographic film stars. “the result resulting photographs are shocking for their content and remarkable for their technical and formal mastery.”

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