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Portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe and Samuel Wagstaff
5.5" x 7"
Gelatin silver print
1974

American fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo is known for revamping the image of the “working girl” in Cosmopolitan magazine in the mid 1960s. In this black-and-white double portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe and Samuel Wagstaff, Scavullo captures a moment of affection between the artist and collector who were also long-time companions. Mapplethorpe stands just behind Wagstaff’s left shoulder with his arms reaching around in a protective embrace. Both men stare intently at the camera. While Scavullo was a prolific fashion photographer, he also captured numerous intimate moments shared between his friends and acquaintances in the celebrity, art and fashion worlds.