Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes

Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

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 the ’50s, uncovering a lesser-known side of Lynes’s life and work – 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.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Sam Shahid
Script: Sam Shahid, Matthew Kraus, John MacConnell
Cinematography: Matthew Kraus
Editing: Conor McBride
Sound: John MacConnell
Music: Sarah Lynch
Production: Antinous Films
Producers: Matthew Kraus, John MacConnell, Nando de Carvalho
Executive producer: O’Brien Kelley, Raja Sethuraman, Magnus Andersson, Jayne Baron Sherman
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B/W
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 96'
Contact: Nando de Carvalho
Awards/Distinctions: Festival Award for Breakthrough Documentary – San Diego IFF (2023)

Sam Shahid


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