Lydia Cheng by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1987

Lydia Cheng by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1987




les-sources-du-nil:

katworks
"White Gaze" (For Robert Mapplethorpe), 2012

les-sources-du-nil:

katworks

"White Gaze" (For Robert Mapplethorpe), 2012




of-saudade, c86:

Robert Mapplethorpe in front of his cover for Patti Smith’s Horses, c. 1975

of-saudade, c86:

Robert Mapplethorpe in front of his cover for Patti Smith’s Horses, c. 1975




Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith by Lloyd Ziff, New York, 1968-1969

“My last semester at Pratt Institute I happened to take a photography course although my major was graphic design. The magic of the dark room seduced me and I soon was shooting black and white photographs of Brooklyn, New York City, and of my friends. Robert and I were both in the class of 1967, and although we weren’t particularly close, I believe we recognized in each other something we probably couldn’t put into words at the time.” 

"In 1968 Robert was living with Patti in a little apartment near mine in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. They were always working, making paintings and drawings and sculptures, and the walls of their apartment were covered with their work. They were both very young and I found them very beautiful. I asked to come over to their place one day to shoot portraits of them. They were among the first double portraits I shot. Patti published two of them in her book, Just Kids, in 2010, and credits them as the first portraits made of the two of them." 

"In 1969 I was living in a basement apartment on Charles Street in the West Village. Robert wanted to make an animated movie with nude stills of himself and Patti, but as she writes in her book, he wasn’t yet a photographer. He asked me to do the series of them nude. They came over my place, we attached a light to the back of a chair. He was planning to silhouette the figures so we didn’t worry much about the background. He knew exactly what he wanted: just single figures of himself, and then of Patti, sitting, kneeling, standing, praying, sometimes wearing a blindfold. I remember giving him the contacts, but again as Patti writes, he lost interest in making the film. After Robert died and his archives were bought by The Getty, included in his works were numerous paper doll type cut-outs Robert had made from the nude figures I had shot in 1969.” 




Lydia Cheng by Robert Mapplethorpe for Parkett no. 8, 1986

Lydia Cheng by Robert Mapplethorpe for Parkett no. 8, 1986




Kitten by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1983
Also

Kitten by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1983

Also




realityayslum:

Robert Mapplethorpe - Lisa Lyon, 1982.
… via Live Auctioneers

realityayslum:

Robert Mapplethorpe - Lisa Lyon, 1982.

… via Live Auctioneers




todf, jillyuhohs:

Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon, 1982.

todfjillyuhohs:

Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon, 1982.




Lisa Lyon by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1981

Lisa Lyon by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1981




Lisa Lyon by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1981
(thanks to frenchtwist for identification) 

Lisa Lyon by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1981

(thanks to frenchtwist for identification) 




Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1979

Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1979





kirgiakos, nahevytv:



Lisa Lyon, 1982. Silver gelatin print. ©Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

kirgiakos, nahevytv:

Lisa Lyon, 1982. Silver gelatin print. ©Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation




inscriptiones, ratak-monodosico:

Robert Mapplethorpe     William S. Burroughs      1979
“If I had my way we’d sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes.”  
William S. Burroughs, “Naked Lunch”  1959

inscriptionesratak-monodosico:

Robert Mapplethorpe     William S. Burroughs      1979

“If I had my way we’d sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes.”  

William S. Burroughs, “Naked Lunch”  1959




andibgoode, mvmt01:

Two Men Dancing. Robert Mapplethorpe, 1984.

andibgoodemvmt01:

Two Men Dancing. Robert Mapplethorpe, 1984.




snowce:

Lisa Lyon: Le Sport est Dangereux’ lui avait dit sa mere - Egoiste, no. 6 by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1989

snowce:

Lisa Lyon: Le Sport est Dangereux’ lui avait dit sa mere - Egoiste, no. 6 by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1989