Elsa's Housebook is a photographic record of family and friends who visited the photographer Elsa Dorfman at 19 Flagg St in Cambridge when she lived there during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many famous writers and thinkers, most notably literary figures associated with the Beat generation, are featured in the book, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, and Robert Creeley. The book also features portraits of people who would become famous in other fields, such as radical feminist Andrea Dworkin and civil rights lawyer and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education co-founder (AND Elsa’s husband for over 40 years) Harvey A. Silverglate.
Elsa’s life as a photographer is the subject of The B-Side, a 2016 documentary film by Errol Morris which is now available on Amazon and Netflix.
Originally published in 1974, Elsa’s Housebook: A Woman’s Photojournal has been rereleased in this 2017 edition available for printing on the Harvard Book Store's book-making robot Paige M. Gutenborg.
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