Hardcover with dust jacket, 120 pages, 288 x 360 mm
Condition: Very Good. Previous owner's name on the first page.
Certain People consists of a selection of stunning portraits of artists, dancers, writers and art world personalities from the period spanning the mid 70s through the mid 80s. Individuals such as Patti Smith, Louise Bourgeois, William Burroughs, Iggy Pop, David Hockney, Grace Jones, Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol are depicted, alongside many of their contemporaries.
Robert Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the preface of the book, Susan Sontag noted: "Mapplethorpe wants to photograph everything: that is, everything that can be made to pose. What he looks for , which could be called Form, is the quiddity or isness of something. Not the truth about something, but the strongest version of it."