Saturday, February 11, 2012

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff + Robert Maplethorpe

Black White + Gray is a film that documents Sam Wagstaff's relationship with Robert Maplethorpe. There definitely would not have been a Robert Maplethorpe without Sam Wagstaff's money. Alternately, Sam probably would not have collected the photographs he chose without the influence of Robert. Robert's style was influenced by Sam's collection of George Platt Lyne's photos. George was famous for his fashion photography, but unknown to the rest of the world, was quietly amassing beautiful erotic photographs of friends, lovers, etc. Some of George's secret erotic works were donated to the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana.

Sam was a curator and collector, who influenced by Robert's taste for the daring, collected various photographs. One such photograph that fascinated him was the photo of Angelo Colarossi taken by Julia Margaret Cameron.

It is a beautiful photograph.

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