Why Mapplethorpe Still Matters - The New York Times

“a certain picture by Mapplethorpe led me to think I had found “my” photographer; but I hadn’t –I don’t like all of Mapplethorpe. Hence I could not accede to that notion which is so convenient when we want to talk history, culture, aesthetics –that notion known as an artist’s style. I felt, by the strength of my “investments,” their disorder, their caprice, their enigma, that Photography is an uncertain art, as would be (were one to attempt to establish such a thing) a science of desirable or detestable bodies.“ BARTHES, Roland. "Camera Lucida”.