Mapplethrope Polaroids exhibition Oxford 2009

Polaroid Mapplethorpe Oxford 09

While in Oxford a few weeks ago we dropped into the Oxford Museum of Modern Art which we literally stumbled upon while walking round the back streets.

The Mapplethorpe exhibition had 92 of a potential 1500 polaroids that Mapplethorpe took during his career. They featured his favoured topics, celebrity, sexuality and the classical nude and to my surprise present a much higher quality Polaroid than I’ve seen before. The black and white Polaroids are more like small high quality framed images than the happy snaps that had been so popular.

Even in these small fast images you can see why he became so revered, the composition, lighting and tonality are amazing.

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