Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.jpg
Born Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
1952 (age 63–64)
Nationality American
Education Columbia University,
American Film Institute
Known for Photography,
Documentary Films

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (born 1952) is an American documentary filmmaker and portrait photographer based in New York City. The majority of his work is shot in large format.[1]

Early life[edit]

Greenfield-Sanders (né Greenfield) is son of Miami-based musician and teacher Ruth W. Greenfield (née Wolkowsky) and lawyer, Arnold Merwin Greenfield.[2][3][4] He received a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and a M.F.A. in film from the American Film Institute (A.F.I).[5]



Greenfield-Sanders has photographed five U.S. Presidents, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O'Connor, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, among many others.[6][7] Seven hundred of his art world portraits are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Greenfield-Sanders is on the masthead, as a contributing photographer, of Vanity Fair.


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.[8] The film premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the Berlin Film Festival.[9] It aired on the American Masters series on PBS.[8] 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.[10] During the photo shoots for the exhibition he directed an HBO documentary, also called Thinking XXX, about the adult stars.[11] His son in-law Sebastian Blanck worked with him on Thinking XXX, as a composer.[12][13]

Starting in 2008, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Black List: Volumes 1, 2 and 3. "Volume 1" premiered at The Sundance Film Festival.[14] 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.[15] The work continued to tour and was shown at the Hartford Atheneum and the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles.[16] From October 27, 2011 - April 22, 2012, all fifty images from the series were shown at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.[14] The Black List won an NAACP Spirit Award for Best Documentary.

In 2010 and 2011, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Latino List: Volumes 1 & 2. Both films aired on HBO. His portraits from the series were exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the High Museum in Atlanta. 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.[17] He also directed and produced, "The Out List", which aired on HBO on October 27, 2013, just as the United States Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality.

On September 23, 2014, Greenfield-Sanders aired, on PBS' American Masters series, "The Boomer List", which starred well-known persons representing each of the baby boomer years of 1946-1964. His portraits of the 19 subjects were exhibited at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. On September 25th, 2015, his film "The Women's List" aired on PBS' American Master series. His portraits of subjects from the documentary along with 35 other images of women, from his archive, were exhibited through December 31, 2015 at the Hearst Tower Alexey Brodovitch Gallery.


On October 29th, 2015, he received the Pratt Institute Legend Award at a ceremony in New York. It was presented by filmmaker, Darren Aronofsky. [18]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to lawyer, Karin Greenfield-Sanders (née Sanders). They have two children, painter Isca Greenfield-Sanders and filmmaker, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders.[19]


  1. ^ "Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Presents "The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" - Newsdesk". si.edu. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "How two friends started Florida's first interracial arts school". Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Ruth LaFerla "When Beauty Fades" The New York Times July 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Age Becomes Her: HBO's New Documentary, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders". greenfield-sanders.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Simonsandschuster.ca
  6. ^ "The Elegant Portraiture of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders - Shutterbug". shutterbug.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Politics - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders". greenfield-sanders.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "timothy-greenfield-sanders's Awards". stocklandmartel.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Williamturnergallery.com
  10. ^ "Mary Boone Gallery - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders". maryboonegallery.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  11. ^ bob the moo (28 October 2004). "Thinking XXX (TV Movie 2004)". IMDb. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Thinking XXX". IMDB. 
  13. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Sebastian Blanck". The New York Times. 2003-08-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  14. ^ a b Npg.si.edu
  15. ^ "Brooklyn Museum: The Black List Project: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell". brooklynmuseum.org. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Black List Project". The Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Rooney, David. "About Face: Sundance Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ Greenfield-Sanders, Timothy. "Pratt Institute Announces Honorees for Legends 2015". Pratt.edu. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "Mover & Shaker: Isca Greenfield-Sanders". Veronica Beard. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 

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