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Robert Mapplethorpe

Self-Portrait, 1980
Born (1946-11-04)November 4, 1946
Floral Park, New York, U.S.
Died March 9, 1989(1989-03-09) (aged 42)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Pratt Institute
Known for Photography
Website mapplethorpe.org
Patron(s) Sam Wagstaff

Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved – you, the other person, and the devil.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I can't have just anybody assisting me, I need somebody who I can really communicate with.
Robert Mapplethorpe
To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.
I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please.
Robert Mapplethorpe
One must ease the public into it - that's an art in itself.
The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.
I'm not a photojournalist.
With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame.
When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
I see things like they've never been seen before. Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it is made.
Robert Mapplethorpe
You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I'm not photographing anything naked these days. I haven't been concentrating on bodies recently.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I just try to live my life and do my thing.
Just because I was out at the bars all the time didn't mean I wasn't looking for someone to love.
Robert Mapplethorpe

To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.
Robert Mapplethorpe
The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest – then preserved.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn't making a point.
I just want to be written about as a normal artist.
I always thought I was good. That's why it was so frustrating when other people didn't agree.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I played around with the flowers and the lighting, so that was a good way to educate myself.
Robert Mapplethorpe
Beauty and the devil are the same thing.
I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
Robert Mapplethorpe
My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I should try to get some sleep as one doesn't know what tomorrow may bring.
Robert Mapplethorpe
My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need to know is where the darkroom is.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I wish I could be elegant.
When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I'm human. It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera. I forget I exist.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I've never lied. I think I've lived a moral life.
I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.
My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be.
Happiness? No, it's not there for me.
If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.
This AIDS stuff is pretty scary. I hope I don't get it.
I don't believe in dogmas and theologies. I just believe in being a good person.
Robert Mapplethorpe
If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers.
Robert Mapplethorpe
Sell the public flowers… things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don't get it.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before.
Robert Mapplethorpe