Errol Morris’s latest documentary The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography is particularly personal. That because Morris has been longtime friends with Dorfman, the rather obscure portrait photographer who recently announced her retirement.
“The ‘b-side’ describes [her career] in every sense other than the fact of the excellence of the imagery she created. That was the ‘a-side,'” Morris tells realscreen. “If anything I think she’s a self-effacer rather than a self promoter. She has quite clearly a self-deprecating sense of humor. She even says in the movie that promoting herself to a gallery, getting gallery shows, selling her work to a gallery, just didn’t square with her temperament because so much of Elsa’s art is about her relationships with people. In fact, most of it is. To have your picture taken by Elsa is to become friends with her.”
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