In the Biography by Patricia Morrisroe titled "Mapplethorpe" the author objectively reveals an artist with many defects , very little virtues as a human being , and as an artist a person who considered the printing stage of his work a waste of time .
He would actually stress more in the frame and matt choices, then else.
Tom Baril was his printer , luckily for Mapplethorpe who was detested by the former .
Personally i find it hard to say that M. wasn't a good artist , because his compositions were flawless, his good taste unique and his lighting was masterful. The courage to push the envelope and speaking from the heart was no doubt his main strength.