Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers Edited and designed by Mark Holborn and Dimitri Levas

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The definitive collection of Robert Mapplethorpe's flower photographs

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) is one of the twentieth century's most important artists, known for his groundbreaking and provocative work. He studied painting, drawing, and sculpture in Brooklyn in the 1960s and started taking photographs when he acquired a Polaroid camera, in 1970.

Beginning in 1973 and until his death in 1989, Mapplethorpe explored the flower with extraordinary dedication, using a range of photographic processes — from Polaroids to dye-transfer color works. In carefully constructed compositions, he captured roses, orchids, snapdragons, daisies, tulips and other species — both common and rare — and forever transformed the way we perceive a classic and familiar subject. The result — a stunning body of work — is collected in this elegant book, Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 308 x 292 mm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in)
  • Pages: 368 pp
  • Illustrations: 426 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714871318

Mark Holborn is an editor and designer of books, as well as a writer, who has worked internationally with many leading artists and photographers. He collaborated with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on the original, definitive volumes of Mapplethorpe's work twenty-five years ago. He lives in England.

Dimitri Levas is a New York-based art director, whose career has spanned book design, magazine layout, set design and prop styling. He worked closely with Robert Mapplethorpe over the years, and with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on numerous publications.

Herbert Muschamp (1947–2007) was a New York Times writer and one of the most influential architecture critics of his generation.

"Stunning... Worth every penny." —What Digital Camera?

"Sublime, delicate, detailed... Classically, tastefully simple." —PrivatAir

"Gorgeous." —Angeleno

"From the stark to the sensual... This lavish new tome makes for ideal reading as spring comes into bloom." —Jaeger

"This beautifully slipcased book... provid[es] great insight into Mapplethorpe's fascination and unique perception of physical beauty." —Interview Online

"A retrospective of flower portraits casts an edgy iconoclast in a fresh light." —Smithsonian

"[A] lush tome" —Architectural Digest

"Flowers that will forever be fresh, blooming always upon your coffee table." —

"The definitive monograph." —American Photo

"Monumental books, each flawlessly produced and very heavy... Gorgeous." —The Spectator

"Floral portraiture... We want this book on our coffee table so we'll never be without flowers again." —

"Stunning, bold and unfussy... Beautifully showcased in this elegant slip cased book." —The Lady

"Sumptuous." —Digital Camera Magazine

"This is Mapplethorpe's finest visual bouquet." —American Photo

"Phaidon's lush Flora represents Mapplethorpe's Mom-friendly side - impeccably lighted examinations of flowers that are tactile enough to turn you on, but contain nothing explicitly shocking." —The Hollywood Reporter Online

"The late artist Robert Mapplethorpe had a storied career that spanned everything from painting to sculpture, but his photographic study of flowers, collected here, might be some of his lushest work." —Elle