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][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] The majority of his work is shot in large format.[17]

He has photographed Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O'Connor, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton.[18][19] 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 feature documentary film, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, about the musician Lou Reed, won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.[20] The film premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the Berlin Film Festival.[21] It aired on the American Masters series on PBS.[20] 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.[22] During the photo shoots for the exhibition he directed an HBO documentary, also called Thinking XXX, about the adult stars.[23]

Starting in 2008, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Black List: Volumes 1, 2 and 3. "Volume 1" premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. These documentary films aired on HBO in 2008, 2009 and 2010.[24] 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.[25] The work continued to tour and was shown at the Hartford Atheneum and the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles.[26] From October 27, 2011 - April 22, 2012, all fifty images from the series were shown at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.[24]

In 2010 "The Latino List: Volume 1" aired on HBO and Greenfield-Sanders' portraits of twenty-five leading Latinos were exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum. In 2012, "The Latino List: Volume 2" aired on HBO.

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 through the 1980s. This documentary premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO on July 30, 2012.[27]

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

On September 23, 2014, Greenfield-Sanders aired, on PBS' American Masters series, "The Boomer List", which starred Tim O'Brien, Deepak Chopra, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Joel, Steve Wozniak, Tommy Hilfiger, Amy Tan, Eve Ensler, Julieanna Richardson, Maria Shriver, Kim Cattrall, Virginia Rometty, Ellen Ochoa, Ronnie Lott, Erin Brockovich, Peter Staley, Rosie O'Donnell, David LaChapelle, and John Leguizamo 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. from September 26, 2014- July 15, 2015.

Greenfield-Sanders has been on the masthead as a contributing photographer to 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.[28]


  1. ^ "How two friends started Florida's first interracial arts school". Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Ruth LaFerla "When Beauty Fades" The New York Times July 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Molly Creeden "About Face" Vogue. July 25, 2012
  4. ^ Feifei Sun "About Face" Time Magazine. August 1, 2012
  5. ^ John Anderson "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" Variety January 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Doug McClemont "Latin Explosion" November 29,2011.
  7. ^ Laura Wides-Munoz "Latino List" AP Sept. 20, 2011.
  8. ^ La Repubblica Nov 25, 2010.
  9. ^ Justin Chang "The Black List: Volume One" Variety (magazine) January 24, 2008
  10. ^ Peter Applebome. "Soldier Portraits Make the Costs of War More Visible" The New York Times September 27, 2007
  11. ^ Nicolaus Mills. "Soldiers" Dissent Magazine November 22, 2007
  12. ^ *Sarah Valdez. "Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" Art in America April 2005
  13. ^ Lynne Eodice. "The Elegant Portraiture of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" Shutterbug March 2005
  14. ^ David Rimanelli. "Double Exposure on Timothy Greenfield-Sanders". Artforum. September 1, 2004.
  15. ^ Calvin Tompkins "Unzipped". The New Yorker. November 11, 2004.
  16. ^ Mel Gussow. "Photographing Celebrities, Even Those of an X-Rated World". New York Times. July 29, 2003. B1.
  17. ^ Newsdesk
  18. ^ Shutterberg.com
  19. ^ Greenfield-sanders.com
  20. ^ a b Stockandmartel.com
  21. ^ Williamturnergallery.com
  22. ^ Maryboonegallery.com
  23. ^ imdb.com; Thinking XXX (2004)
  24. ^ a b Npg.si.edu
  25. ^ Brooklynmuseum.org
  26. ^ Paleycenter.org
  27. ^ Rooney, David. "About Face: Sundance Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  28. ^ Simonsandschuster.ca

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