provocation, dramatization, aesthetic Vs Pornography

we immediately see the difference (between the photographic work of Mapplethorpe) and genuine pornography. Pornography is characterized by the lack of formatting; it is intended for sexual arousal. Contrarily, Mapplethorpe is aesthetic. Sexual arousal seems to be less his goal than, perhaps, provocation, and in any case, dramatization.

Source: http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-secret-professionnel-le-secret-professionnel-du-scandale-en-photographie-et-de-mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe - Thomas - 1987

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