Robert Mapplethorpe was from a moment in time where the world seemed chaotic, but also full of life and creativity. In addition to his beautiful photography, the artist is probably most well known for his relationship with musician Patti Smith. Their life together in New York was the basis of her cult-loved booked, Just Kids. This year, from March 15 to July 31, a retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s work will be on show at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of art. Phaidon is also releasing a tome celebrating Mapplethorpe’s beautiful images of flowers. Titled Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers, it showcases some of Mapplethorpe’s most prolific photographs of les fleurs.
Mapplethorpe’s work was often criticized for its uncomfortable subject matter (he often delved into fetish and the underground sex club world), but his ability to capture light and uncover the fragility of his subjects is what makes his work so beautiful.