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Directed by Erroll Morris

United States 2016 76 mins. In English

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger than life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera—her’s one of only six in existence. For the next 35 years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets (Alan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti), musicians (Bob Dylan, Jonathan Richmond, Joni Mitchell), Harvard University notables, and more. As pictures begin to fade and retirement looms, Dorfman lets her friend Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) into her studio to share the stories behind a remarkable body of work that serves as homage to a bygone era of analog photography.

Genres: Documentary



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