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BOOKS | Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People: A Book of Portraits


Scanned photo of Catarine Milinaire by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1979.

My mom gifted me the out-of-print 1985 Robert Mapplethorpe book Certain People: A Book of Portraits for Christmas this year and it's been sitting at the ready on my desk ever since. So many incredible people and photos in there, but this profile shot of Caterine Milinaire in 1979 really spoke to me.

Susan Sontag's introduction is expectedly profound, but I especially love how she made me think about the meaning of the title. She writes, "There is certain in the sense of some, and not others; and certain in the sense of self-confident, sure, clear."

The book is available used on Amazon and eBay. Thanks Mom!
January 02, 2013 by Lizzie
Tags: 70s
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