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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Paul Leonard-Morgan
Label: Rage Music
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 12 December 2017

Rage Music release Paul Leonard-Morgan's score for The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography. Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next 35 years she captured the "surfaces" of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: From Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg, families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives director Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive...

Paul Leonard-Morgan (Battlefield Hardline; The Numbers Station) delivers an intimate and very personal character driven score here. It almost feels as though he's a close friend of Elsa Dorfman and is lovingly bringing to life his impressions of her through music.

The album contains 15 tracks (55 min), although we may have been sent a faulty album, as the track 'The Thought of Nothing' seems to cut off mid-flow. You're unlikely to find a documentary score that is so personal in nature and so perfectly captures the subject matter.

Leonard-Morgan has beautifully managed to capture, through music, the spirit of Dorfman in much the same way as she's captured the essence of her subjects over the years through photography.


Darren Rea

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