Robert Mapplethorpe, Sebastian and Nda, 1981

Images of Robert Mapplethorpe, Sebastian and Nda

In this black-and-white photograph two well-dressed boys, one black and one white, stand facing each other. They look calm and composed though their postures and gestures suggest that one child has just slapped the other. The image is printed with a white border so that it resembles a Polaroid photograph.
Robert Mapplethorpe, American, 1946–1989
Sebastian and Nda, 1981
Gelatin silver print
Framed: 22 7/8 × 18 ¾ in. (58.1 × 47.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Hudson, 1997.6

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago