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Film: Martin Elkort - An American Mirror

Introduced by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography
Q&A with filmmaker Stefani Elkort Twyford follows the screening

Exploring the life and work of New York street photographer Martin Elkort, An American Mirror is the documentary debut of his daughter, Houston-based filmmaker Stefani Twyford. An American Mirror chronicles Elkort’s life growing up in New York during the Great Depression, serving in World War II, being stricken by polio, and discovering his affinity for documentary photography. Educated at the Cooper Union, Elkort (born 1937) joined the renowned New York Photo League, where he studied under—and shared darkrooms with—Aaron Siskind, Lou Stoumen, and Sid Grossman. Elkort put artistic pursuits on hold to support his family, but his interest in photography was rekindled when his children gave him a digital camera for his 70th birthday. Richly illustrated with photographs, this personal study features Elkort’s reflections on his career and creative process, along with commentary by noted photography historians Anne Wilkes Tucker and Catherine Evans. 

An exhibition of Elkort’s photographs is on view in Houston  May 3–31 at Catherine Couturier Gallery, 2635 Colquitt Street.

Film Trailer

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  • Debi

    An amazing film about a man who showed the joy and spirit that lived in NYC by the people in the Depression.

    May 19, 2014

  • Alcy N.

    Great film enjoyed the evening

    May 18, 2014

  • Dolores P.

    Sorry to miss this one, will be out of town.

    May 13, 2014

  • Alcy N.

    looking forward to the film

    May 12, 2014

  • Kaaren C.

    I went to the Elkort exhibit opening at the Couturier Gallery and really enjoyed the work I saw displayed. I am looking forward to learning about the man that took the photographs.

    May 9, 2014

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