The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography offers an intriguing glimpse at a distinctive artist's work that's as warmly engaging as its subject.

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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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Dorfman ... makes for a lively and loquacious subject ...

Jul 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A fine-grained (no photography pun intended) look at the way that the development of an artist's style is usually intertwined with the technology and materials that she chooses to embrace.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Clocking in at a trim 76 minutes, The B-side is as warmly affectionate as its subject, a close friend and neighbor of the director.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…
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[An] enjoyable but also profound movie.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny - that's how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Endearing and significant.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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