Icons & Inspirations


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A passionate love, an historical love that inspire and gives hope. This is the feeling that united the rocker Patti Smith and the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Patti & Robert

To testify this amazing love story there is the book “Just Kids” written by Smith, by which we can have access to the personal and artistic growth of them.

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe 1969

In the New York of the mystical ’70s find a starving artist seeking fortune was really easy and so, between them, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith found each other.

Both 20 years old, both needing to express and experience, understand and with this know each other.

Many dreams and few resources obliged them to sacrifices; she worked in a library, he worked as a prostitute. The home of the couple was the famous Chelsea Hotel, known as the scene of the immoderate glamour style life of those New York years among good music and large use of drugs.

In this creative and stimulating wonderland the days were signed by the casual “rendez-vous” with those who will be, with them, great names in art, photography and music such as Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen or Mick Jagger.

Even if she fancied music and dance, Patti’s great aspiration was literature, especially poetry; with her own writings she had the intention to give a contribute to the arts and Robert was trying to do the same with his different point of view on sexuality in photography, which occurred with not few polemics by the public opinion or critics.

Complicity, empathy and even a physical resemblance; nothing was missing to accomplish, with mutual aid, the artistic realization who they wished for.

The soul alignment between them was so strong that they will never stop to support each other, to inspire each other and they will not separate even after Robert understood to be homosexual.
Their relationship didn’t wear away, it evolved. It began to know all the natural steps of a free love with no labels or expectations:

just pure Love, Arts and Free will.

Robert Mapplethorpe affected by A.I.D.S. died in the march of 1989 and Patti in his last hour promised him that she would tell their story.
Today there are so many photos of Patti taken by Robert (the cover of her first album, Horses, it’s one of the most famous), so many references in her poems or in her songs; in any creation of one there is a piece of the other one.

The book have been published in 2010; it is one of the best love story of our times; a story of two souls enhanced by the art that will be never divided.


In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.”

 – Simone De Beauvoir

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