The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
The definitive lines and natural shape of the Calla lily are enhanced by the subtle graduation of light this photograph. The image plane Is dominated by the flower and the highly detailed platinum print creates a stark contrast of extreme white against extreme black with subtle tones of grey on the pedal and pistil. The flower portraits exemplify Mapplethorpe as an accomplished studio photographer. Mapplethorpe was well-renowned for his timeless black and white photography and floral still lifes.
Modern Photography, Straight Photography, Conceptual Art
Born: 4 November 1946, New York, USA
Died: 9 March 1989, Massachusetts, USA
Mapplethorpe was a photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. Featuring an array of subjects including male and female nudes, homoerotica, and the BDSM subculture of the late 1960s Mapplethorpe sparked controversy and debate concerning the use of public funds for art and the limits of free speech. His work is still considered taboo by many; however he remains one of the most revered American photographers.