Passings: Lisa Lyon, Bodybuilder and Mapplethorpe Muse, Dies at 70

By David Schonauer   Monday September 18, 2023

Above: Robert Mapplethorpe, “Lisa Lyon,” 1982.

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is best known for his focus on masculine beauty. When it came for shooting female subjects, he once told the critic Arthur C Danto, “the creative impulse is not there.”

“Photographing women is not the experience I am seeking,” …

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