June 29, 2017

There are so many heartwarming moments in the Errol Morris documentary on American photographer, Elsa Dorfman, but I’ll choose just one. When 80-year old Dorfman, known for her large scale polaroid portraits, is asked about the family portraits in her archives, she laughs them off as her “B-sides.” The ones where a kid squints, where Mom blinks or where the portrait discolours in the chemical process — the ones the family did not want — have a humour, a charm and magic of their own. “It’s the perfect title,” Dorfman says, “Even to this minute, I’m really a B-side person.”




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