Essay on Analysis Of Photo Self Portrait Of Mapplethorpe

1485 Words Nov 17th, 2016 6 Pages
In my assignment of photo self-portrait I will be discussing the artist and the masterwork that I have chosen, also the movement in which the artist practiced. My masterwork that I have chosen to work on is belongs to Robert Mapplethorpe and it is his self portrait of 1980. In his artwork he portrays himself as the archetypal bad boy, with black leather jacket, dark shirt, cigarette hanging out of the corner of his mouth, the coolly appraising gaze and the carefully coiffed 50s style hair. Reason why I have chosen this self portrait of Mapplethorpe is because his style of photography and art is unique and expressive; it feels like it tells a story. While researching I found out that Mapplethorpe studied drawing, painting, and sculpture, influenced by artists such as Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp. He also experimented with various materials in mixed-media collages, including images cut from books and magazines. Then in 1970 he uses Polaroid camera to make his own photographs to make collages, saying he felt "it was more honest." I like one think about Mapplethorpe is that he sticks to his opinion whether the majority likes it or not and I can relate to that and this is the main reason why I chose him for my assignment. In my upcoming paragraphs I will go over several points in the artists form for example, I will be discussing what type of lines he uses, what type of color was used in it, what is the focus on this masterwork and what type of design was used to make that…

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