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Self Portrait
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Self Portrait 1988

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
By training his camera on his eyes, and on his eyes only, Mapplethorpe has concentrated on those organs and on that faculty that determined his career. These eyes, sunken into his head and surrounded by lines, are the eyes of a sick man – Mapplethorpe was to die of an AIDS-related illness in a few months’ time, but also the eyes of a brave and unflinching man, determined to outstare death.


  • Acc. No. AR00145
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 27.10 x 57.50 cm (framed: 61.60 x 89.50 x 2.9 cm)
  • Credit 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