An exclusive film profile of the controversial photographer.
Robert Mapplethorpe was best known for his photographs of New York’s black homosexuals.
His studies of nude black men were a shameless affirmation of gay sexuality. He has been credited with helping to formulate a sense of gay identity in New York but, as one of the most successful photographers of modern times, his work has also been instrumental in restoring the male nude to mainstream art.
This documentary features a lengthy interview with the artist in the late 80’s as well as with many of his contemporaries, NYC art dealers, friends and people who modelled for some of his most famous shots.