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Hidden Master: The Legacy Of George Platt Lynes

Canadian Premiere

Hidden Master: The Legacy Of George Platt Lynes

Sam Shahid

United States | 2023 | 1 h 36 min
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Presented only in theatres
This film contains nudity or sexual elements that may not be suitable for some people. We prefer to warn you.

The American photographer George Platt Lynes (19071955) is considered one of the first openly homosexual American artists. A model of inspiration for Robert Mapplethorpe, it is only recently that Lynes’ work on male nudity has begun to be appreciated for the revolution it represents. Explore a stunning collection of his photographs from the 1930s to the 1950s, as well as his enduring friendships with the American writer Gertrude Stein and a pioneer of the sexual revolution of the 1960s-1970s, Alfred Kinsey.

Word of direction

George Platt Lynes was an artist endowed with an almost endless well of creative gifts. However, because of the restrictions – social, moral, artistic, legal – imposed upon him by the era in which he lived and created, he was unable to share his true talent with the public and, of equal import, future generations of artists who may have built upon and furthered his contributions to his genre and what should have been the accepted norms that oppressed so many of his generation. He was an artist, who was never able to share what he considered to be his very best work, and more importantly what he considered his true craft.

Though the LGBTQ+ community has made enormous strides since the early-mid twentieth century, those forces of oppression and shame still operate in the United States and in fact are gaining renewed traction within state and local legislatures. I want HIDDEN MASTER to serve as a platform to further Platt Lynes’ true legacy – the sharing of his stunning nude photographs with audiences and artists worldwide. This work, which countless artists and photographers that followed him have referenced, and in turn been influenced by, has yet to be accepted into the greater art community and placed in its proper context in the genre. The work deserves to be featured in a major museum exhibition and examined with proper analysis and reverence.

My hope, ultimately, is that the film generates further awareness and support among a wide variety of influencers, sponsors, and audiences to the continued forces that seek to oppress and silence our contributions to society and the arts. I think that the dual themes of our film – the reintroduction of George’s powerful artistic works to new generations of audiences as well as the continued defense of the rights of artists from ALL communities – aligns powerfully with the current conversation. This is my greatest hope, and I certainly think it would have been George’s as well.

 — Sam Shahid
Overview of some festivals:
Swedish International Film Festival, Sweden (2023)
Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, United States (2023)
Queer Film Festival Utrecht, The Netherlands (2023)
Hampton’s Doc Fest, United States (2023)
New Fest NYC, United States (2023)
Director Sam Shahid
Director of Photography Matthew Kraus
Production Sam Shahid
Editing Conor McBride
Sound John MacConnell
Animation Grant Nellessen
Lighting John MacConnell

In Partnership with


• Musée McCord Stewart
Monday, march 18, 2024, 08:00 p.m. — 09:45 p.m.


Sam Shahid

Sam Shahid

Sam Shahid has been leaving his mark on the world of fashion and advertising for four decades and counting. When he became the creative director for the in-house advertising agency for Calvin Klein in the early 1980s, he helped to turn the brand into the internationally recognized name it remains today with advertising campaigns that are remembered for their clean yet sensational visuals. In the early 1990s he did the same for Banana Republic, before opening up his own creative design firm and advertising agency Shahid / Kraus & Company (formerly Shahid & Company) in 1993, and through the following years he’s used this platform to create original and striking campaigns for brands as divergent as Versace and Perry Ellis, Gucci and Valentino, Asprey and Abercrombie & Fitch. Throughout the aughts he was also the Creative Director of Interview Magazine, and on top of all these accomplishments he’s also designed a library’s worth of fine art books for artists and photographers such as Bruce Weber, Kelly Klein, Herb Ritts, Ellen Von Unwerth, Joel Grey and Jessica Lange amongst others.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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