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A feature film captures Robert Mapplethorpe’s rise to fame in the 1970s

Revered as much as he was condemned for his controversial black and white portraits and starkly beautiful still life images of calla lilies, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was also known for his relentless, if not self-destructive, ambition that threatened to crumble his relationships and professional success.

Director Ondi Timoner explores this blazing tension–as well as the photographer’s revolutionary approach to what is considered art–in Mapplethorpe, debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival and starring The Crown’s Matt Smith in the lead role. Mapplethorpe’s sensitive yet striking images of New York’s underground BDSM scene began a national debate over government funding of the arts. This is the first feature film made about the revolutionary photographer, who died of AIDS-related complications in 1989.

 

Wynn Burson

10 Corso Como New York

 

Mapplethorpe

Directed by Ondi Timoner

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