Elsa Dorfman artist and portrait photographer has died at 83

A self-portrait of Dorfman with her giant Polaroid camera, shot with another giant Polaroid camera. Photo by Elsa Dorfman and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

We recently viewed a wonderful film about Elsa Dorfman. In this film we watch a story of an extrodinary life told by the artist herself. Her giant Polaroid portraits are facinating. The use of such a large camera by one person, nevermind a small woman is an effort worth merit. Her portraits were made with the huge Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. She shot more than 1000. 

The photo for this post is a self portrait and shared under a CC Creative Commons License.

Give it a watch if you know her work or you don't.

In The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, 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.

The official movie site >



Interesting links:

Wikipedia >

The Portraitist, Harvard Magazine >

The Boston Globe >

The New York Times >