Mapplethorpe Redux

Robert Mapplethorpe is best remembered for photos that were calculated to shock: who can forget the famous bullwhip photo? But there was so much more to Mapplethorpe’s work, and a new exhibit in the UK aims to highlight the softer side of the controversial photographer. “He helped create a look as well as commenting on it. Or perhaps it wasn’t so much a look as an atmosphere: cool, dark, edgy, dangerously sexy, horrifically hip, hard and brittle.”