Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

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Nude men in rubber suits, close-ups of erections, objects shoved in the most intimate of places—these are photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, known by many as the most controversial photographer of the twentieth century. Openly gay, Mapplethorpe took images of male sex, nudity, and fetish to extremes that resulted in his work still being labelled by some as pornography masquerading as art. But less talked about are the more serene, yet striking portraits of flowers, sculptures, and perfectly framed human forms that are equally pioneering and powerful.

In Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey's Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, we face his images head on and, explore—through no-holds-barred interviews with his closest colleagues and friends—rich details and anecdotes about what drove this handsome, suburban-born artist to so aggressively upend the conventions of photography. Perhaps most striking about this film is how fresh and ahead of its time his work still feels today. In an era immune to shock value, Mapplethorpe's images still raise eyebrows and demand attention in ways few photographs ever have.

YEAR 2015

SECTION Doc Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 108 min

COMPANY HBO

EMAIL sara.bernstein@hbo.com

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Fenton Bailey


Believing that we live in a world of wonder, award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato launched "WOW", and made a name for themselves with compelling documentaries about characters that are over-exposed, and yet under-revealed. From The Eyes of Tammy Faye to Inside Deep Throat, and Party Monster, they have never shied away from controversial subjects. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is the sixth feature they directed to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.


Randy Barbato


Believing that we are living in a World of Wonder, award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato launched WOW and made a name for themselves with compelling documentaries about characters over-exposed yet under-revealed. From The Eyes of Tammy Faye to Inside Deep Throat, and Party Monster they have never shied away from controversial subjects. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is the sixth feature they have directed to premiere at Sundance.