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Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1988

My favourite Robert Mapplethorpe photo, the last self portrait he took before his death - Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1988

Karl Blossfeldt

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Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 - 1989)  UNTITLED (TIGER LILY) FROM THE PORTFOLIO 'FLOWERS', 1983  Toned photogravure  31 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches  79.4 x 62.2 centimeters  Edition 5/40  MAP# CG2005-05  CR# MA.8099.5

Robert Mapplethorpe - Untitled (Tiger Lily) from the portfolio 'Flowers' 1983

Karl Blossfeldt - Blumenbachia hieronymi (Loasacaea)

Regarded as one of the defining photographers of the century, Blossfeldt's otherworldly botanical images possess a certain subtlety and depth that is so particular to early photography