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Palm Drive Publishing
From Library Journal
Fritscher's brutally frank memoir of his ex-lover, confidant, and colleague, drawn from the author's personal documents, seeks to strip away the notoriety surrounding the defiant photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. As editor and writer for the gay magazine Drummer, Fritscher was the first to publish Mapplethorpe's highly charged camera shots depicting a seamy world of "leathersex," sadomasochism, taboos, and fetishes. Here, Fritscher graphically portrays the masculine subculture of the homosexual community that Mapplethorpe inhabited until his death from AIDS in 1989, at age 42. He also discusses the censorship of Mapplethorpe's work within the mainstream gay community. Interestingly, Mapplethorpe's bitterly controversial photographs, taken during the turbulent 1970s and 1980s-during the period of Watergate, Vietnam, Patti Hearst, sexual liberation, and political deceptions-have become more a documentary of our times. Recommended for popular culture collections.
Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Midwest Book Review
The then-undiscovered camera artist Mapplethorpe asked Drummer Magazine editor Fritscher to examine his portfolio, resulting in an assignment and subsequent fame. The two later became colleagues and lovers: this biography of Mapplethorpe provides a personal first-person account of his life based on a review of journals and a personal knowledge going beyond the interview stage.
A memoir of the famous photographer by a former friend.