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Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs, circa 1850-2011, bulk 1970-1989

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Series I. Creative work, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1960-1988)
Series I.A. Artworks by Robert Mapplethorpe, circa 1964-1988
Series I.B. Artworks by others, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1969-1988)
Series I.C. Non-editioned prints, 1974-1989, 2008
Series I.D. Portfolios, circa 1970-2005
Series I.E. Commissioned and commercial works, 1970-1993, undated
Series I.F. Jewelry, 1970s
Series I.G. Films, 1978-1984
Series II. Photographic practice, circa 1975-2000
Series II.A. Card inventory of editioned prints, circa 1979-circa 1991
Series II.B. Shooting books, circa 1979-1989
Series II.C. Model releases, 1978-2000
Series II.D. Polaroid test shots, circa 1975-1989
Series III. Photographic documentation, 1969-circa 1989, undated
Series V. Exhibition files, 1977-1992, undated
Series VI. Interviews and documentaries, circa 1980-circa 1989, undated
Series VII. Financial and administrative files, 1964-1995, bulk 1975-1989, undated
Series VIII. Collections and miscellaneous items, circa 1880-1989, undated
Series IX. Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 1977-2011, undated
Series IX.A. Administrative files, 1989-circa 2011, undated
Series IX.B. Exhibition files, 1989-2011, undated
Series IX.C. Press materials and published works, 1989-2003, undated
Series IV. Correspondence, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.A. Personal and professional, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.B. General correspondence files, 1973-1990, undated
Mapplethorpe (Robert) papers
Series II. Photographic practice, circa 1975-2000 14.5 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
Series II.D. Polaroid test shots, circa 1975-1989 5.8 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Polaroid test shots,: circa 1975-1989

The series contains 3054 Polaroid test shots taken by Robert Mapplethorpe from circa 1979 to 1989. Some of the Polaroids include annotations on lighting angles, filters, exposure times, and aperture settings. Many relate directly to Mapplethorpe's editioned prints including, but not limited to: Grace Jones, 1984; Keith Haring, 1984; Gregory Hines, 1985; Lydia Cheng, 1985; Patti Smith, 1986; Ed and Melody, 1988; and Watermelon with Knife, 1985. Also included are three spiral bound notebooks, dated circa 1975-1988, with Polaroids stapled to the pages accompanied by annotations on lighting angles, filters, exposure times, and aperture settings.
Series II.D. has been digitized. Digital images are provided for study purposes only. Access to images of works by artists other than Mapplethorpe is available only to on-site readers and Getty staff.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged according to subject category. Polaroids remain in their original order as designated by Mapplethorpe or his studio assistants.
Males 915 items
Black male 441 items
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165 2 Black-and-white 265 items
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170 2 Color 176 items
White male 474 items
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167 1 Black-and-white 290 items
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171 1 Color 184 items
Females 541 items
Black female 54 items
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165 1 Black-and-white 25 items
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170 1 Color 29 items
White female 487 items
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166 1 Black-and-white 325 items
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170 3 Color 162 items
Couples 123 items
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167 2 Black-and-white 68 items
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171 2 Color 55 items
Children 44 items
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167 3 Black-and-white 37 items
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170 4 Color 7 items
Fashion 153 items
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168 3 Black-and-white 97 items
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172 2 Color and black-and-white 56 items
Still life 640 items
Flowers 445 items
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168 1 Black-and-white 266 items
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171 3 Color 179 items
Objects 195 items
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168 2 Black-and-white 124 items
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172 1 Color 71 items
4 x 5 Polaroids 239 items
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168 4 Black-and-white 5 items
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172 3 Color 127 items
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173 1 Color 107 items
173 2 Ed and Mel (black-and-white and color) 41 items
Edward Mapplethorpe and Melody Danielson.
173 3 Lisa Lyon (black-and-white and color) 8 items
173 4 Robert (black-and-white and color) 9 items
173 5 Patti Smith (black-and-white and color) 38 items
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169 1 Miscellaneous (black-and-white and color) 303 items
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174-176 Spiral notebooks circa 1975-1988
These notebooks contain both color and black-and-white Polaroid test shots of fashion shoots, other sitters, and of Mapplethorpe himself.
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174 Notebook 1
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175 Notebook 2
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176 Notebook 3


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