The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Elsa Dorfman's work is ephemeral yet grand: using a giant 20" x 24" camera, that is now discontinued, Dorfman has produced some of the world's largest Polaroid images, showing that unwieldy technology does not need to be limiting when used imaginatively.

August 7, 2018 | Full Review…

[Elsa] Dorfman's a fascinating character whose sunny demeanor, much like her generally cheerful photos, contains hidden depths.

August 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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Morris' film also functions as an elegy for Polaroid and the large-format imagery that has now ceased to exist as a result of the company's demise.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

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

More than any of Morris's films, The B-Side is directly about the mystery of capturing a person's identity on film...This likeable close-up portrait may not be one of his most substantial films, but it's his most likeable and most casual.

July 11, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a lot more movie contained within this charming oddity, but only for those who are willing to look deeper.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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