Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next thirty-five years, she captured the surfaces of those who visited her studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.
A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. We've begun to fall back in love with the very analog goods and ideas the tech gurus insisted that we no longer needed. Businesses that once looked outdated, from film photography to brick-and-mortar retail, are now springing with new life. Notebooks, records, and stationery have become cool again. Behold the Revenge of Analog. [more inside]
Director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship. [more inside]
After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside of a bar, Mark Hogancamp came back to the world traumatized and unable to remember much of his own past. To help process what happened to him, Hogancamp built “Marwencol”: a 1⁄6th scale World War II-era Belgian town populated by dolls representing himself, his friends, and family, and began creating photo-essays about the town. This documentary explores the attack, Hogancamp’s life and work, and his eventual discovery by the art world.
A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one the most accomplished street photographers. [more inside]