The only thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs was his life. This is the portrait of an artist who turned contemporary photography into a fine art, with a vision that created a culture war, still raging to this day.


Filmmakers: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
Year: 2016
Runtime: 108 mins
Country: USA
Format: HD


MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death from AIDS in 1989. The one thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs was his life. Intimate revelations from family, friends and lovers are topped only by Mapplethorpe's candor, revealed in a series of rediscovered, never before heard interviews, made public here for the first time. This is the unique portrait of an artist who turned photography into contemporary fine art with a bold vision that ignited a culture war still raging to this day. 


'Remarkably candid' - The Hollywood Reporter

'Every bit as candid as his work' - Wendy Ide, Screen International

'Pulls no punches' ★★★★ - Nigel M Smith, The Guardian

'A remarkable achievement' ★★★★ - The Times

'A candid, often shocking documentary portrait of the great photographer Robert Mapplethorpe' ★★★★ - Time Out

'Excellent' ★★★★ - The Independent

'Beautiful and clear-eyed documentary' ★★★★ - Owen Gleiberman, BBC

'Mapplethorpe gets the documentary he deserves' - Colin Crummy, i-D


With the simple belief that we are living in a World of Wonder, award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato set up their production company of the same name in the early nineties after meeting at NYU film school. They have made a name for themselves producing and directing compelling documentaries and unscripted series that combine intriguing characters with first-rate storytelling.


Directors: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato 

Producers: Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Mona Card, Sara Berstein

Executive producer: Sheila Nevins

Director of photography: Huy Truong and Mario Panagiotopoulo

Editor: Langdon F. Page

Music: David Benjamin Steinberg

Sound: Jim Moncur and Tayman Strahorn


Sundance Film Festival 2016
World premiere

Berlinale 2016 (Panorama) International premiere

BFI Flare 2016 UK premiere

Miami International Film Festival

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Zurich Film Festival



Film Fest Gent - Belgium

Festival do Rio - Brazil

Helsinki International Film Festival - Finland

Ambulante - Colombia


Lemsos- Cyprus

Revelation, Perth - Australia

Jerusalem International Film Festival- Israle

Encounters- South Africa

Essential Independents- Australia

Documenta, Madrid - Spain

BAFICI- Argentina

Miami International Film Festival - USA

!F, Istanbul - Turkey

Berlinale - Germany