- Martin R. Kalfatovic
Mapplethorpe, Robert (04 November 1946–03 March 1989), photographer and artist, was born in Queens, New York City, the son of Harry Irving Mapplethorpe, an electrical engineer, and Joan Dorothy Maxey. Mapplethorpe attended Martin Van Buren High School in Queens and upon graduation entered Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Originally studying advertising design, he later changed to a fine arts program. After a number of disruptions to his academic career and his father’s refusal to fund further classwork, Mapplethorpe finally left Pratt in 1969, one course short of graduation....