Robert Mapplethorpe was a highly successful American photographer who came to prominence in the 1970s for his photographs of explicit, erotic scenes, flowers and portraits. He lived up to the image of the `bad boy of photography? in his `tough? poses and `teddy-boy? haircut and clothes. His very first exhibition was a group show in New York with Warhol among others. They both made portraits of each other in 1983.