Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Born Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
1952 (age 62–63)
United States
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (born 1952) is an American documentary filmmaker and portrait photographer, son of Miami musician and teacher Dr. Ruth W. Greenfield.[1][2][3] The majority of his work is shot in large format.[4]

He has photographed five US Presidents, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O'Connor, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton.[5][6] Seven hundred of his art world portraits are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

His documentary film, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, about the musician Lou Reed, won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.[7] The film premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the Berlin Film Festival.[8] It aired on the American Masters series on PBS.[7] Greenfield-Sanders also exhibited "Thinking XXX", a series of clothed and nude portraits of porn stars at the Mary Boone Gallery from October 30 to December 18, 2004.[9] During the photo shoots for the exhibition he directed an HBO documentary, also called Thinking XXX, about the adult stars.[10]

Starting in 2008, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Black List: Volumes 1, 2 and 3. "Volume 1" premiered at The Sundance Film Festival.[11] Portraits taken by Greenfield-Sanders for the project were first exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2008 and then at the Brooklyn Museum.[12] The work continued to tour and was shown at the Hartford Atheneum and the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles.[13] From October 27, 2011 - April 22, 2012, all fifty images from the series were shown at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.[11]

In 2012, he completed another film, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, an examination of beauty through the eyes and lives of supermodels from the 1950s to the 1980s. This documentary premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO on July 30, 2012.[14]

Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced, "The Out List", which aired on HBO on October 27, 2013, just as the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality.

On September 23, 2014, Greenfield-Sanders aired, on PBS' American Masters series, "The Boomer List", which starred various well-known persons representing each of the baby boomer years of 1946-1964. Greenfield-Sanders' portraits of all 19 subjects were exhibited at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Greenfield-Sanders has been a photographer for Vanity Fair. He received a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and a M.F.A. in film from the American Film Institute.[15]


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