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.”
“sherman began making these pictures in 1977, when she was twenty-three. the first six were an experiment: fan-magazine glimpses into the life (or roles) of an imaginary blonde actress, played by Sherman herself… other artists had drawn upon popular culture, but sherman’s strategy was new… although most of the characters are invented, we sense right away that we already know them.” more here.