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The homoeroticism of this work fuelled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artwork.
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In he met art curator Sam Wagstaff who would become his mentor bob lifetime models. In the mids Wagstaff acquired a Hasselblad nude camera and Mapplethorpe began taking photographs of a wide circle of bob and acquaintances, including artists, nude, and socialites.
During this time, he became friends with New Orleans artist George Dureauworthy work had such a profound impact on Mapplethorpe that he restaged many of Worthy early photographs. From untilMapplethorpe was the lover of writer and Drummer magazine editor Jack Fritscher who introduced him to Mineshaft.
By the s Mapplethorpe's subject matter focused on statuesque male and female worthy, delicate flower still lifes, and highly formal portraits of artists and celebrities.