Robert Mapplethorpe

1946 - 1989

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Robert Michael Mapplethorpe (; November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits, and still-life images. His most controversial works documented and examined the gay male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Mapplethorpe has received more than 2,847,966 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Robert Mapplethorpe is the 31st most popular photographer (up from 33rd in 2019), the 1,924th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,179th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Photographer.

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Among photographers, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 31 out of 105Before him are Astrid Kirchherr, Irving Penn, Edward Weston, Annie Leibovitz, Josef Koudelka, and Roger Fenton. After him are Jan Saudek, Berenice Abbott, Philippe Halsman, André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Peter Lindbergh, and Hippolyte Bayard.

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Among people born in 1946, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 112Before him are Thongloun Sisoulith, Rebiya Kadeer, Robert J. Shiller, Gerard 't Hooft, Robby Krieger, and Elías Figueroa. After him are François Bozizé, Edita Gruberová, Htin Kyaw, Semion Mogilevich, Janet Yellen, and Bigas Luna. Among people deceased in 1989, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 71Before him are Gaetano Scirea, Uichiro Hatta, R. D. Laing, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Karel Zeman, and Bernard Blier. After him are Kazimierz Deyna, Countess Georgina von Wilczek, Arseny Tarkovsky, James Bond, Leonardo Sciascia, and Hibari Misora.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 1,924 out of 15,968Before him are Dorothy Vaughan (1910), Kelly Bishop (1944), Alex Jones (1974), David Letterman (1947), Eleanor Parker (1922), and Alvin Kraenzlein (1876). After him are Mandy Patinkin (1952), Bruce McCandless II (1937), Andrew Wyeth (1917), Chris Pratt (1979), Terry O'Quinn (1952), and Frank Marshall (1877).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 10Before him are Alfred Stieglitz (1864), Lewis Hine (1874), Richard Avedon (1923), Irving Penn (1917), Edward Weston (1886), and Annie Leibovitz (1949). After him are Berenice Abbott (1898), Paul Strand (1890), Nan Goldin (1953), Carl Van Vechten (1880), William Klein (1928), and Imogen Cunningham (1883).