THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20”x24” camera, one of only a handful in the world. In the ensuing 35 years she’s taken approximately 4,000 photos, masterfully capturing the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: Beat poets, rock stars, Harvard notables and families large and small—from complete unknowns to legends like Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jorge Luis Borges, Jonathan Richman, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Her generosity of spirit and love of her fellow humans make her a great portraitist, and her photographs reflect her joyful spirit. But the film stock she uses is no longer made by Polaroid, who declared bankruptcy, hastening her looming retirement. Looking back on her rich career, Dorfman gives longtime friend and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time, The Fog of War) an inside tour of her backyard archive, including the beloved photos she calls the rejected “B-sides”—images turned down by her subjects but often better than the ones they’ve chosen to keep. Preceded by the seven minute short “The Umbrella Man.”

https://www.landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia/ritz-at-the-bourse/film-info/the-b-side-elsa-dorfmans-portrait-photography

Come out to First Friday in Old City and take pictures

What a great coincidence. George Manos, an active PPL member, is having a solo show opening on First Friday.

So lets meet there and check out his show. 

Afterwards we can wander and visit the other galleries. Take pictures of the art or the people looking at the art. Street photography scenes. Golden hour shadows. You decide. 

Free food and libations at most galleries. 

No fee for this one.

Come out to First Friday in Old City and see my solo show

You are cordially invited to my first solo photography gallery show. 

It is on the theme “Rittenhouse Square Striders”

14 images in all and no gator board this time. Real frames and mats.

This location is great because they have a caterer for great food and wine and beer choices. 

See you there.

PPL Monthly Meetup – At Culture Works 1315 Walnut st

Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month. 

All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes.

The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events …… PLUS …….. see the work of fellow PPL’ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize.

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