Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

More Schwarzenegger nudes, shot by a familiar name...

In 1976, Arnold Schwarzenegger modelled for some very unrepublican nudes with a young Robert Mappplethorpe!

Mapplethorpe, still a relative unknown back in 1976 and not yet at his artistic peak, shot at least two sessions with Schwarzenegger, including numerous nude photos. Most of these photographs are under lock and key by the estate of Robert Mapplethorpe in New York, which apparently has an arrangement with Schwarzenegger to keep them out of circulation for now.

For those who aren't aware of Mapplethorpe, he is probably best known for the controversy surrounding the homoerotic, BDSM, and irreligious themes surrounding his work, and was a target of Republicans during the 1980s, used by the Reagan administration as justification for slashing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989, is viewed in retrospect as one of his generation's best photographers.

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