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Directed by Stefani Elkort Twyford



53 minutes



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, being stricken by polio, and discovering his affinity for documentary photography. Educated at the Cooper Union, Elkort (born 1929) 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 May 3–31 at Catherine Couturier Gallery, 2635 Colquitt Street.