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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2016)

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A look at the life and work of photographer Elsa Dorfman.

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Errol Morris

Star:

Elsa Dorfman

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Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the "surfaces" of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

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Rated R for some graphic nude images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Elsa Dorfman: It's sort of like a reservoir that's in me that's operating but I'm not thinking about it when I actually have... the camera is in my hands. I'm really guided by unconscious. Sounds kind of mystical. I think I take my best pictures when my head isn't cluttered with other things.
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26 July 2017 | by lbenotSee all my reviews

A peacefully satisfying and nicely edited off-camera interview which reveals the life and life's work of a portrait photographer, most of whose work was uniquely captured using one of the 5 (or so) huge 20x24 inch Polaroid cameras. Her portrait sittings consisted of two poses, and having lovingly saved the print not chosen/purchased by each client, she reflects on these 'b- side' but powerful images beginning in the early 70's of everyday people, a few of the famous, and many of herself and her family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,035, 2 July 2017

Gross USA:

$125,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,227
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