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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 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 director Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

"Short-circuiting any self-seriousness and using food metaphors to explain her theories of art, Dorfman gives The B-Side life and energy."

Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

"From defying gender expectation in her younger years to refusing to let tragedy shape her as she matures, Dorfman is a force, and spending time with her is an invaluable experience."

Benjamin Lee, Guardian

"Discount it at your peril: This portrait of the artist as an old woman is a gentle-hearted gem, as profoundly subtle as it is subtly profound."

Andrew Barker, Variety

Movie Info

Directed by Errol Morris
Rated R
76 minutes

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