From visionary art director Sam Shahid, HIDDEN MASTER: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes delves into the life of acclaimed photographer George Platt Lynes, best remembered for his groundbreaking celebrity and fashion imagery. Beneath this acclaim, Lynes harbored a profound passion for capturing evocative male nudes — images of lovers, friends, dancers, and anyone willing to unveil themselves before his camera. This immersive documentary shines a light on the multifaceted artist who leveraged his charisma, innate talent, and unyielding ambition for both artistic genius and personal intimacy.
Set against a backdrop of a burgeoning gay arts community in the 1930s-50s, the film paints a rich tapestry of Lynes' professional and personal life, highlighting his lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists. His deep-rooted friendships with cultural luminaries like Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey provide further depth to his story. Featuring a stunning collection of Lynes' photographs, including some that have remained relatively obscure, HIDDEN MASTER passionately argues for his place among the premier photographic maestros of the 20th century.
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY EYES ON BROADWAY, TOM BARRETO & BRIAN SINCLAIR, AND HOWIE BIERBAUM
Length: 96 minutes
Director: Sam Shahid
Producer: Matthew Kraus, John MacConnell, Nando de Carvalho
Cinematographer: Matthew Kraus
Editor: Conor McBride