#MustSee “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures“ by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (2016)
A little sensation of the Berlinale 2016 was the documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures“ about the iconic photographer from New York known for his intense portraits and explicit body studies. His work got approachable for the most because singer/songwriter and Punk Icon Patti Smith wrote the biography “Just kids“ about her life and love with this genius. They met each other and it was a crazy love.
Patti Smith gave everything to support Robert Mapplethorpe, worked for the rent as he sat at the legendary Chelsea Hotel and created stuff like collages.
But as he met and fell in love with Sam Wagstaff, a rich gay art collector, he lifted his photographic work on a new level and that’s what the movie is about. It shows his obsession for his work and men and his roots in the gay Sado Maso scene of the New York of the 80’s.
Unfortunately we all know how this big party ended and it Mapplethorpe destiny was the same.
Watch this touching documentary, it’s breathtaking beautiful and painful.