Directed by Sam Shahid (USA, 2023, 96 min.).
George Platt Lynes is best remembered for his portraits of celebrities and extravagant fashion work, but his heart, his passion, and his greatest talent lay elsewhere—in his work with the male nude. These photographs, sensuous and radically explicit in their time, have only recently been fully appreciated for the revolution they represent: a man capturing his fantasies as a gift; a window to a future his camera saw coming before anyone else. From visionary art director Sam Shahid, Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes features a stunning collection of photography from the 1930s through ’50s, uncovering a lesser-known side of Lynes’s life and work—his gifted eye for the male form, his longterm friendships with Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey, and his lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists.