Robert Mapplethorpe - Quotes

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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. ---->>>

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.

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.

I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before. ---->>>

I don't believe in dogmas and theologies. I just believe in being a good person. ---->>>

Beauty and the devil are the same thing. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing. ---->>>

My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need to know is where the darkroom is. ---->>>

Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved - you, the other person, and the devil. ---->>>

I see things like they've never been seen before. Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it is made. ---->>>

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please.

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please.

Sell the public flowers... things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight. ---->>>

My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be.

My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be.

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography. ---->>>

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God. ---->>>

You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations. ---->>>

I always thought I was good. That's why it was so frustrating when other people didn't agree. ---->>>

I should try to get some sleep as one doesn't know what tomorrow may bring. ---->>>

I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess. ---->>>

I just try to live my life and do my thing. ---->>>

I've never lied. I think I've lived a moral life. ---->>>

I don't think any collector knows his true motivation. ---->>>

I wish I could be elegant. ---->>>

Just because I was out at the bars all the time didn't mean I wasn't looking for someone to love. ---->>>

If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live. ---->>>

My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be. ---->>>

One must ease the public into it - that's an art in itself. ---->>>

I can't have just anybody assisting me, I need somebody who I can really communicate with. ---->>>

The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer. ---->>>

This AIDS stuff is pretty scary. I hope I don't get it. ---->>>

Happiness? No, it's not there for me. ---->>>

I played around with the flowers and the lighting, so that was a good way to educate myself. ---->>>

I'm not photographing anything naked these days. I haven't been concentrating on bodies recently. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I'm not a photojournalist. ---->>>

I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don't get it. ---->>>

I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame. ---->>>

I just want to be written about as a normal artist. ---->>>

I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn't making a point. ---->>>

The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest - then preserved. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 11-04, 1946
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, U.S.
Die: 03-09, 1989
Occupation: Photographer

Robert Mapplethorpe (; November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer, known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits and still-life images of flowers (wikipedia)