The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography


Elsa Dorfman, known for her large Polaroid portraits, found her medium in 1980 after struggling to find her identity as a young woman in the 1960’s. Once a colleague gifted her a Hasselblad camera she announced that she was a photographer and spent the next several decades photographing her friends and characters in the Cambridge neighborhood she knew so well. The 20x24 and 40x40 Polaroids she became most known for, capture the simplicity of the human portrait, emphasizing the beauty of her subjects just as they are.

DIRECTOR: Errol Morris

RUN TIME: 76 min