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Robert Mapplethorpe
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    (November 4, 1946-March 9, 1989)
    Died at 42 of AIDS
    Photographed vocalist Patti Smith
    Created 'The Perfect Moment' collection
    He was a vegetarian.
    Most of photography contained naked men in homoerotic or sadomasochistic positions.
    Some feel his works was hard core porno.
    In 1990, a collection of his works called 'The Perfect Moment' toured various art museums in the United States.
    When it reached Cincinnati, the director of the Cincinnati Center For Contemporary Arts was indicted for violation of the city's strict anti-obscenity laws.
    This resulted in civil libertarians and social conservatives butting heads in court over the whole issue of free speech.
    Jesse Helms used this incident to fuel his failed movement to cut the National Endowment for the Arts.
    A biography claims he had unprotected sex, even though he knew he had AIDS.
    In his last years, he started numerous causes to fight AIDS.
    He was left handed.
    By ruling in favor of the Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Arts, the courts essentially assured that everyone's right to free expression is still safe.

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