Sam Wagstaff: The Impresario Who Made Mapplethorpe

December 5, 2014 6:16 PM

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Robert Mapplethorpe is a household name, known for his stunning and often erotic black and white photography. His lifetime lover and patron Samuel Wagstaff is much less known. That may change now with the publication of a new book.

Philip Gefter, who was on staff at The New York Times as its picture editor for fifteen years has just written a comprehensive and scholarly biography entitled Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe; Gefter presents Wagstaff as a leonine figure with an indelible influence on late-twentieth century ...

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