Photojournalism is a type of journalism in which you share your news, viewpoints, or important ideals through photos and pictures. This type of profession was rampant in the 19th and 20th century (1800’s- 1999) Among this many great artist and journalist popped up. Many of which had the important Robert Mapplethorpe. While he didn’t consider himself a photojournalist many people do. But who is he, and what is he known for?
Robert mapplethorpe was an american photographer who was known for his exploration in gender, race, and sexuality. Born in Queens, New York he claims to have a rough life over his father wanting him to be like his brother. Taking an interest in art he studied in drawing, painting, and sculpting at Pratt University in Brooklyn, New York. After he graduated he found his love for photography. He became a freelance journalist (even though he claimed to be nothing more than an artist) and started to get his work published a lot in the Getty Iris and the Boom Magazine.
Through his preference of visualising sexual deeds in his photography the the U.S congress got worried. He work was branching out world wide. So the U.S senate made a censorship of his work. He had various images of him performing sexual acts. With this the Congress got some help and removed most of his work from the museum’s inventory. This is what they called the great controversy in his life.
Although after this incident Mapplethorpe did not give up his photography career, and kept up the good work. Through his lifetime he believed he lived a good life and was a good person. He is quoted saying “I don’t believe in dogmas and theologies. I just believe in being a good person.” Meaning that throughout his life, while he had made mistakes, he always believed in being a good person. Lastly I want to say that even though he was questioned in his career he never gave it up, and in the end turned out to be a man of fame.