For The Love Of Photography #5: Mapplethorpe
A 5-part documentary series exploring the art – and, at times, the danger – of photography, featuring legendary photographers who pioneered their own way in the field.
Join us for free welcome drinks before each screening courtesy of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ (2010)
Directed by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, USA, 108mins, OV
The film explores the controversial giant of late 20th-century photography. Mapplethorpe’s vast, provocative, and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
“Look at the pictures, look at the pictures!”. With these words, Senator Jesse Helms denounced the work of Robert Mapplethorpe in Congress. Twenty-five years on, the first full-length documentary about the artist since his death does just that. An unrestricted examination of the life and work of Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality, and fetishism.
“I want to be a story, told at night in beds all over the world” – Robert Mapplethorpe