Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes


1H 36MIN

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Hidden Master features a stunning collection of photography from the 1930s-50s, uncovering the life of Lynes less known: his gifted eye for the male form, his long-term friendships with Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey, and his lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists.Photographer George Platt Lynes achieved renown during his lifetime for his innovative celebrity portraits and striking fashion photography. However, his best work and greatest passion was for the explicit male nudes he made of his lovers, friends, colleagues, dancers, models — and any other handsome man he could persuade to disrobe in front of his camera. This articulate, wide-ranging, fabulously gossipy documentary brings to life the charming, complex man who wielded his good looks, natural talent, and massive ambition in pursuit of artistic creation and sexual pleasure. Showcasing a dazzling amount of Lynes’ photographs (including some rarely seen to this day), Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes mounts a convincing case that Lynes not only deserves rediscovery, but should be remembered as one of the great masters of 20th century photographic art.


Directed by Sam Shahid

Written by Matthew Kraus
John MacConnell
Sam Shahid

Produced by Matthew Kraus
John MacConnell
Nando de Carvalho

Cast Rebecca Fasman
Robin Lawrence
George Platt Lynes II
Duane Michals
Billy O'Connor
Charles L. Venable
Bruce Weber
Anne Young