WIFF | FILMS

B SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN'S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Review

Director:

Errol Morris

Genre:

Documentary

Country:

USA

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Runtime:

76 Minutes

Description:

From legendary documentarian, Errol Morris, comes one of his warmest films, an endearing look at the life and work of portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman.  Dorfman was 28 before she ever picked up a camera, and she only began to creatively blossom when she left New York for a quieter life back home in Cambridge.

A magician with the large-format Polaroid Land 20x24 camera, Dorfman has taken thousands of pictures over several decades — Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg among her subjects. Morris gets a personal tour through Dorfman’s archive as she reflects on the art of photography.  What subtly emerges is a study of how we see ourselves and that strange meeting point of real and fake, encapsulated by the still image.

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