This book has an amazingly more intimate feel than its twin publication, The Photographs, despite the intensity of Mapplethorpe’s images featured in the latter book. This is thanks to the discovery of the different artworks, books, and images which inspired the photographer, of private sketches, tests, and documents that he either produced himself or collected over the course of his brief but prolific career, as well as thanks to over 200 pages of fascinating texts which retrace his life. Words and illustrations interweave throughout the book, plunging us headlong into Robert Mapplethorpe’s universe.
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