Patti Smith (Neckbrace), New York, 1977
Robert Mapplethorpe studied drawing and painting before experimenting with a Polaroid camera in the early 1970s. Many of his first photographs, portraits of himself and his socialite friends, were taken in a style similar to that of Andy Warhol, whose work he admired. In this rare print, Mapplethorpe portrays one of his closest friends, rock singer Patti Smith, after she accidentally fell off stage in Tampa, Florida, and broke several vertebrae in her neck. In 1978, the Chrysler Museum organized Mapplethorpe's first museum exhibition and published his first catalogue.
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