These photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe have been shown at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York last month. The exhibition featured self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, and portraits of his lovers and friends, Unique offered a glimpse at Mapplethorpe’s formative years as a photographer and reveals the themes that would inspire him throughout his career. Marked by a spontaneity and creative curiosity, these intimate photographs offer an illuminating contrast to the carefully crafted and controlled studio images for which the artist subsequently became known. Figures such as Sam Wagstaff and Patti Smith appear in this select series.
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