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About the Film:
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 Cambridge, Massachusetts 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.
Post-screening Q&A following the July 18 screening:
Jenn Libby works extensively with the 19th century wet-plate collodion process. She uses this process and large format cameras to create one-of-a-kind photographs on glass and metal. Libby learned wet-plate in 2004 and it was then that her interest in taking portraits emerged. Since then she has made many images of people and dogs using this technique.
In 2014 she founded Genesee Libby Studio and began offering tintype and ambrotypes portraits. She had an exhibit of her portrait work in the Little Café in 2015. Her work can be seen at jennlibby.com and geneseelibby.com
Gerry Szymanski is a commercial and fine art photographer who specializes in portraits. Honored thrice with the City Newspaper's Best of Rochester Local Photographer award (2010, 2011 and 2012), he has photographed for the Eastman School, the George Eastman House, and Hedonist Chocolates and Ice Cream. His portraiture, food photography and environmental retail images have appeared in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal, Country Living, and Downbeat among other publications. Trained in music and library science, Szymanski is a lecturer in the Eastman School of Music's Department of Musicology and manages the 100,000 item collection of sound recordings at the Sibley Music Library.
Michelle Macirella is a lifestyle and documentary portrait photographer, specializing in Day in the Life sessions for families, children and pets. She is the owner of Luminaria Photography, photographer for the Rochester International Jewish Film Festival, and photographer for the national charity organization, Front Row Foundation. She’s also the staff photographer for Lake Affect Magazinewhere she has had the pleasure of photographing for many local businesses and such notable people as Senator Bernie Sanders, author Sonja Livingston and John Nugent, Marc Iacona and Jean Dalmath from XRIJF. In addition, Michelle enjoys teaching and has taughtphotography classes at Flower City Arts Center, Lollypop Farm and the Greece Public Library. (luminariaphotography.com)