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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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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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30 June 2017 (USA)  »

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$12,360 (USA) (7 July 2017)

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$65,590 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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26 July 2017 | by (United States) – See 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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