Alumna's New Documentary to Air on HBO

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Robert Mapplethorpe in 1972, from the documentary "Mapplethorpe: Look at the PIctures." (Edward Mapplethorpe)                    
Katharina Otto-Bernstein '92, writer-director of the award winning documentary Absolute Wilson, will have her next documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures premiere on HBO this April.

Look at the Pictures is an exploration of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and his meteoric rise to fame in the art world and eventual death from AIDS in 1988. Mapplethorpe’s work ranged from high society portraits and flowers to provocative nudes and racial explorations. Mapplethorpe’s controversial last exhibit The Perfect Moment blended all of his works and sparked an intense debate over whether public money should be used to fund art that could be considered obscene.

The HBO documentary, produced by Otto-Bernstein alongside writer-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, includes never before seen footage and work of Mapplethorpe’s and is a blunt exploration of Mapplethorpe’s professional and personal life, which included a slew of famous friends and past lovers including Patti Smith. Otto-Bernstein and her partners had unprecedented access to the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation during the making of the film.

Look at the Pictures premieres on Monday, April 4 on HBO.
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