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Robert Mapplethorpe
November 4, 1946 - March 9, 1989
Nationality: American
Category: Photographer
Subcategory: American Photographer

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


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


To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Beauty and the devil are the same thing.


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


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


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


I wish I could be elegant.


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


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


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


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


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


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