With Robert Mapplethorpe’s full endorsement and encouragement, Morrisroe interviewed more than three hundred friends, lovers, family members, and critics to form this definitive biography of America’s most censored and celebrated photographer.
“Eventually I found several hundred people who knew Robert Mapplethorpe in all his various incarnations—Catholic schoolboy; ROTC cadet; hippie; sexual explorer; celebrated artist; and famous AIDS victim. Their stories helped animate his pictures and bring his visual diary to life. What I discovered wasn’t one “Perfect Moment” but a series of moments—some pure, some blemished, but all emblematic of the paradoxical times in which he lived.”—Patricia Morrisroe, from the Introduction
Patricia Morrisroe was selected by renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe to write his biography Mapplethorpe: A Biography, and was for many years a contributing editor to New York magazine. Morrisroe has written for numerous other publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and The New York Times. In 2010, she wrote Wide Awake: A… More about Patricia Morrisroe