The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

Films // The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Overview // 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, director 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.

This film is shown in conjunction with Black & White & One Selective Color, an exhibition of contemporary photography in the McMeen Gallery, on view June 1 to July 29, 2018.

Details // Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7 PM. Suggested donation: $5 members, $7 nonmembers includes complimentary beverage. Watch the trailer online.

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art recognizes that film is a visual art form and is delighted to bring you a series of outstanding documentaries inspired by our current exhibitions. Films screen the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.

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