“Robert Mapplethorpe”, 1992

Phaidon re-publishes ‘Robert Mapplethorpe’, the legendary book by Mark Holborn and Dimitri Levas, initially released in 1992. The new volume features a preface by Andrew Sullivan and an unpublished poem by Patti Smith.

Major institutions collect Mapplethorpe’s work worldwide including Tate, National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London; J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Beyond the art historical and social significance of his work, his legacy lives on through the work of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. He established the Foundation in 1988 to promote photography, support museums that exhibit photographic art, and to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV-related infection.


Self-Portrait, 1980. © Photography Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Inc.
Patti Smith photographed for her Horses album artwork, 1975. © Photography Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Inc. / Phaidon