"The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography"

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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.

In "The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography," Errol Morris explores the life of a gifted analog photographer facing a digital present. Dorfman, with whimsical charm and wit, gives her longtime friend a tour of her backyard garage-turned-archive.

“Dorfman was never a media or critics’ darling in the ranks of modern photography. This film will convince you that she deserves a higher position in the pantheon.” — The Hollywood Reporter

"A gentle gem" — Variety

Dir. Errol Morris (USA, 2016, 76 min.)

Q&A with Director Errol Morris following the 5:45pm screening on Friday, 6/30, at Film Society Lincoln Center.

Q&A with Director Errol Morris following the 7:10 screening on Friday, 6/30 at Angelika Film Center.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 (All day)


Various cinemas in New York, NY