RobertMapplethorpe

Here’s a selection of quotes by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

“If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I never liked photography. Not for the sake of photography. I like the object. I like the photographs when you hold them in your hand.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I like to look at pictures, all kinds. And all those things you absorb come out subconsciously one way or another. You’ll be taking photographs and suddenly know that you have resources from having looked at a lot of them before. There is no way you can avoid this. But this kind of subconscious influence is good, and it certainly can work for one. In fact, the more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“…My whole point is to transcend the subject. …Go beyond the subject somehow, so that the composition, the lighting, all around, reaches a certain point of perfection. That’s what I’m doing. Whether it’s a cock or a flower, I’m looking at it in the same way. …in my own way, with my own eyes.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t. And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“Beauty and the devil are the same thing.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I don’t know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don’t get it.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I always thought I was good. That’s why it was so frustrating when other people didn’t agree.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“One must ease the public into it – that’s an art in itself.”- Robert Mapplethorpe

“Sell the public flowers… things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.”- Robert Mapplethorpe

“I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn’t making a point.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need to know is where the darkroom is.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“People don’t have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.”- Robert Mapplethorpe

“My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest – then preserved.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I don’t think any collector knows his true motivation.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

“I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before”. – Robert Mapplethorpe

Read more Photographer’s Quotes here.


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