He didn’t consider himself a photographer. However, he chose photography as the ideal tool to immortalize the madness of the world around him; indeed, he explicitly illustrated it. Mapplethorpe, a transgressor, rebel, misunderstood creator born in Long Island in 1946. Decadent icon or virtuoso artist?
The biographical documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato -presented at Sundance Festival- offers an overview focused on his work and obsession for turning “obscenity” into art. Perfectly contextualized within his time and generation (childhood, environment, influences and collaborations.)
In the coming months the film will be premiered in HBO, as well as several retrospectives at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A superb opportunity to dig further into the idiosyncrasy of a controversial artist.