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Groundbreaking, taboo flaunting, uber talented and tirelessly ambitious, Robert Mapplethorpe remains hugely influential in the world of photography. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato deliver a rich portrait of the artist with the help of his family, ex-lovers and audio interviews of Mapplethorpe himself before his untimely death in 1989. Ahead of his time, Mapplethorpe was instrumental in elevating photography to an art form, whilst his explicit photos of his sex partners sent shock waves through America. (Sheffield)