Pride 2018: Help support biopic about LGBT icon, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe
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Mapplethorpe (2018) is a biographical drama written and directed by Ondi Timoner (We Live in Public, Dig!), that details the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, played by Matt Smith (Doctor Who), through his remarkable career, up until his death in 1989. Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, recognised for his delicate yet candid practice of controversial subject-matter in the medium of photography, mostly in highly stylised black and white. During the 1970s, he obtained a Hasselblad medium-format camera, of which he used to take pictures of friends, including artists and composers. In the 1980s, he later redefined his aesthetic and tone, capturing pictures of explicit male and female nudity, as well as very formal portraits of celebrities, of which were largely scrutinised due to their daring nature. In 1998, a year before his death, he helped found the ‘Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation’. The foundation was established to promote photography, support museums that exhibited photographic art, and to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV. Since his death, the Foundation has not only helped to promote his work all across the world, but it has also raised and donated millions of dollars to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV infection. By celebrating his own sexual identity and commemorating a progressively visible community of gay men, Mapplethorpe offered greater visibility to queer narratives, stories, and experiences.
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