Robert Mapplethorpe

Bob Love

About this artwork

Around 1979 Mapplethorpe began to photograph black men. As his biographer, Patricia Morrisroe, wrote, he found that “he could extract a greater richness from the colour of their skin”, in particular the tonal range between the highlights and the shadows was more dramatic. In this close-up of Bob Love, Mapplethorpe exploits the contrast between the highlights on his shoulder and face and the inky darkness of his neck and the back and top of his head.

  • title:
    Bob Love
  • accession number:
    AR00160
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1979
  • measurements:
    34.00 x 34.10 cm (framed: 50.80 x 40.60 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright:
    © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe