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The Variations
(2010-2011)

The Variations
challenge the notion of traditional black and white photography with unique gelatin silver prints that highlight a myriad of color tonalities. To achieve these vigorous compositions Mapplethorpe utilizes a chemical process that translates to "color by light scattering" whereby colorless chemicals are applied onto traditional black and white photographic paper. Time and chance elements remain important aspects of the process. The Variations were in part inspired by Mapplethorpe's fascination with the classical pianist Glenn Gould and his iconoclastic re-interpretation of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Above (L to R):
Variation No. 2, 2011
Variation No. 3
, 2011
Variation No. 7
, 2011
Variation No. 9
, 2011
Variation No. 10
, 2011