Robert Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

Robert Mapplethorpe left behind a river of material for his esteemed legacy. He took up a serious interest in photography starting in the late 1960s, and worked until his death at age 42 from complications connected with the AIDS virus in 1989. The Getty Museum has prided itself in the guardianship of his provocative works. He was less a technician toward process, but very strong in visual impact. Throughout Mapplethorpe’s short career his work was often censored, or completely banned from display.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) is a documentary directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Mapplethorpe’s life is well chronicled, and the film boasts interviews with many of the people who were in his presence.

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) is directed by James Crump. Noted art collector, Sam Wagstaff had the brilliant foresight to foster the important photographic work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Like Mapplethorpe, AIDS claimed Wagstaff’s life, in 1987, just two years prior to Mapplethorpe’s death.


About the Author

Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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