The definitive number of Robert Mapplethorpe’s flower photographs
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) is without doubt one of the twentieth century’s most necessary artists, known for his groundbreaking and provocative work. He studied painting, drawing, and sculpture in Brooklyn within the 1960s and began taking photographs when he acquired a Polaroid camera, in 1970.
Beginning in 1973 and until his death in 1989, Mapplethorpe explored the flower with peculiar dedication, the usage of a range of photographic processes — from Polaroids to dye-transfer color works. In carefully constructed compositions, he captured roses, orchids, snapdragons, daisies, tulips and other species — both common and rare — and ceaselessly transformed the best way we perceive a classic and familiar subject. The result — a stunning body of work — is collected on this elegant book, Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers.