Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, a paperback coffee table book featuring the photographic works of Robert Mapplethorpe. By Janet Kardon, published in 1989. Second edition, 135 pages.
"Robert Mapplethorpe's first one-person exhibition, at New York's Light Gallery, in 1976, was composed of Polaroid photographs of flowers, portraits, and erotic images. Twelve years later, the artist is still focusing upon these three traditional genres: the still life, the portrait, and the human figure. Circumventing the snapshot and documentary photograph, his astute social observations have included contemporary luminaries as well as radical sexual activities. He has extended photography's parameters by incorporating fabrics with photographic imagery in diptychs and triptychs, allowing his work to be perceived within the territories of painting and sculpture."