Some Women by Mapplethorpe

Some Women by Mapplethorpe
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Introduction by Joan Didion. Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.

London. Secker & Warburg. 1989. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 120 pages. 86 full-page duotone plates. 315 x 260mm (12 x 10"). 1.2kg. English. Near fine; a small 1cm tear to rear cover, sun-fading to spine, no marks or inscriptions.

'Some Women is Robert Mapplethorpe's breath-takingly elegant homage to female beauty. One of the most controversial and, ultimately, canonized photographers of our time, Mapplethorpe died in March 1989, at the peak of his critical acclaim. This collection was among the last projects that he undertook and includes a retrospective of his portraits of women, the majority of which have never been published in book form... It brings together eighty-six of Mapplethorpe's finest images - a balance of his luminous nudes, fashion shots, and portraits. The women included come from every age group and range from the unfamiliar to the notable. Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Yoko Ono, Brooke Shields, Cyndi Lauper, Melanine Griffith, Susan Sarandon, and Mapplethorpe's close friend Patti Smith are among the numerous celebrities who participated. Equally arresting are those lesser known: fellow artist, friends, favourite models, and children.' (from the blurb).