To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.— Robert Mapplethorpe
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Sell the public flowers... things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.
I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.
Beauty and the devil are the same thing.
If I am at a party, I want to be at the party.
Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers.
When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.
I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
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.
I come from suburban America. It was a very safe environment and it was a good place to come from in that it was a good place to leave.
I don't believe in dogmas and theologies. I just believe in being a good person.
Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved - you, the other person, and the devil.
I see things like they've never been seen before.
Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it is made.
I always thought I was good. That's why it was so frustrating when other people didn't agree.
Whether it's an orgy or a cocktail party, I know how to do it.
My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need to know is where the darkroom is.
I don't use recreational drugs, except for cocaine, hallucinogens, and nitrates.
I just try to live my life and do my thing.
People have done pornographic pictures forever, but most of the people who involve themselves in explicit sexuality aren't really artists.
I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it.
My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be.
I just want to be written about as a normal artist.
I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please.
I can't have just anybody assisting me, I need somebody who I can really communicate with.
I'm not photographing anything naked these days. I haven't been concentrating on bodies recently.
This AIDS stuff is pretty scary. I hope I don't get it.
I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.
One must ease the public into it - that's an art in itself.
When I create art, it's like holding hands with God.
I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before.
I've never lied. I think I've lived a moral life.
The best picture I got was Bianca Jagger whispering in Mick's ear.
I caught them telling a secret, which is sort of rude.
I played around with the flowers and the lighting, so that was a good way to educate myself.
If I had been born one or two hundred years ago, I might have been a sculptor, but photography is a very quick way to see, to make sculpture.
The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest - then preserved.
I don't think that there's that much difference between a photograph of a fist up someone's ass and a photograph of carnations in a bowl.
I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn't making a point.
People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore.
The money is in photography.
I stand naked when I draw. God holds my hand and we sing together.
If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.
My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.
With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.
I'm not a photojournalist.
I wish I could be elegant.
I want to see something I've never seen before.
I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame.
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.
You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations.
I should try to get some sleep as one doesn't know what tomorrow may bring.
I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don't get it.