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 3,102,511 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Robert Mapplethorpe is the 26th most popular photographer (up from 31st in 2019), the 1,954th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,923rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Photographer.

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Among photographers, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 26 out of 105Before him are André Kertész, Gunter Sachs, Josef Koudelka, Richard Avedon, August Sander, and Elliott Erwitt. After him are Roger Fenton, Peter Lindbergh, Irving Penn, Lewis Hine, Philippe Halsman, and Yousuf Karsh.

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Among people born in 1946, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 126Before him are Paul Schrader, Rodrigo Lara, Robby Krieger, Kim Kyong-hui, Harold Shipman, and Htin Kyaw. After him are Vuk Drašković, Elías Figueroa, Deepak Chopra, Rebiya Kadeer, Billy Preston, and Martin Kove. Among people deceased in 1989, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 76Before him are Hans Hartung, Boris Skossyreff, Kazimierz Deyna, Victor French, Pérez Prado, and Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev. After him are Gaetano Scirea, Giuseppe Siri, R. D. Laing, Kateb Yacine, Albert Bormann, and Charles Vanel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 1,954 out of 18,182Before him are Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930), Griffin Dunne (1955), Thomas J. Watson (1874), Richard Brooks (1912), Hubert Humphrey (1911), and Burt Bacharach (1928). After him are Chris Evert (1954), Ted Turner (1938), Carol Gilligan (1936), Alfred Vail (1807), Matthew Ridgway (1895), and Chris Kyle (1974).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Robert Mapplethorpe ranks 6Before him are Vivian Maier (1926), Alfred Stieglitz (1864), Diane Arbus (1923), Annie Leibovitz (1949), and Richard Avedon (1923). After him are Irving Penn (1917), Lewis Hine (1874), Edward Weston (1886), Berenice Abbott (1898), Paul Strand (1890), and Carl Van Vechten (1880).