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Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe
[American photographer, 1946-1989]

Title: Roy Cohn

Date: 1981
Medium: photograph
Dimensions: na
Location: Analisisfotografia

Image size: 2234 x 2235 pixels, 3.6 Megabytes
              
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Robert Mapplethorpe: Roy Cohn

 
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Robert Mapplethorpe is one of the great photographers of the 20th century. His is known for his exquisite photographs of flowers, his exacting portraits, and most controversially for his explicit gay erotica.

Roy Cohn, the subject of the photograph, was one of the great gay/antigay icons in the US. He was a lifelong Republican who in the 1950s worked on the red-baiting McCarthy Hearings, using economic and even sexual blackmail to coerce testimony. As a lawyer he later represented mobsters such as Fat Tony Salerno and members of the Gambino crime family. He was eventually disbarred for unethical and unprofessional conduct. Although he had been "outed" decades before and made little effort to hide his lifestyle, he continued to officially deny his homosexuality until his death from AIDS in 1986. He's a fascinating choice for Mapplethorpe to photograph.

Analisisfotografia is a Spanish-language site with great reproductions of 30 or so photographs, and also links to technical information and an analysis of each one (in the form of a PDF document):
http://www.analisisfotografia.uji.es/root/analisis/muestra.htm
 
 
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