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Date of Birth 4 November 1946Queens, New York, USA
Date of Death 18 March 1989Boston, Massachusetts, USA  (AIDS)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Mapplethorpe was born on November 4, 1946 in Queens, New York, USA. He was a director, known for Patti Smith: Still Moving (1978), Lady (1984) and Uncle Bob (2010). He died on March 18, 1989 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Trivia (3)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 599-601. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
Ex-boyfriend of Patti Smith. Lifetime companion of Sam Wagstaff.
His work has been referenced on The Simpsons (1989). In The Simpsons: Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy (1994), Homer inadvertently picks up a copy of one of his nude photograph books, and is immediately horrified.

Personal Quotes (42)

I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.
I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations.
When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
I always thought I was good. That's why it was so frustrating when other people didn't agree.
People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.
Beauty and the devil are the same thing.
I should try to get some sleep as one doesn't know what tomorrow may bring.
I don't believe in dogmas and theologies. I just believe in being a good person.
Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved - you, the other person, and the devil.
Just because I was out at the bars all the time didn't mean I wasn't looking for someone to love.
I've never lied. I think I've lived a moral life.
I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before.
I just try to live my life and do my thing.
I can't have just anybody assisting me, I need somebody who I can really communicate with.
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.
Happiness? No, it's not there for me.
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.
With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.
I played around with the flowers and the lighting, so that was a good way to educate myself.
I just want to be written about as a normal artist.
I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame.
I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.
I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don't get it.
I'm not a photojournalist.
I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please.
I wish I could be elegant.
I see things like they've never been seen before. Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it is made.
I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn't making a point.
My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.
My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need to know is where the darkroom is.
My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be.
If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.
I'm not photographing anything naked these days. I haven't been concentrating on bodies recently.
This AIDS stuff is pretty scary. I hope I don't get it.
The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest - then preserved.
The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.
Sell the public flowers... things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.
One must ease the public into it - that's an art in itself.
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.
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.

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