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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is a photographer and filmmaker. He received a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and a M.A. in film from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Seven hundred of his art world portraits are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His images are in numerous other museums, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum and The National Portrait Gallery.

Greenfield-Sanders' first film, "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart", won a 1998 Grammy Award for best music documentary. For HBO he produced and directed, Thinking XXX", "The Black List: Volumes 1, 2, & 3", "The Latino List: Volumes 1 & 2, and "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now". In 2009, "The Black List: Volume 1" won a NAACP Spirit Award for best documentary and in 2012, "About Face" won a WIN Award.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has published many books of portraiture including "XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits" (Bulfinch Press), "Face to Face" (Skira) and "The Black List" (Simon and Schuster).

Greenfield-Sanders is a contributing photographer to Vanity Fair. He lives in New York.

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Muhammad Ali RIP

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 5:36 PM

Ali was the greatest. When asked to pick a favorite portrait session, Ali is always in my top three. Enormous charm, mixed with lightning quick humor.

We laughed our way through the session.

(c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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Karen Finley Did It First

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Blake Little's portraits of Craigslist models, a dog and a baby covered in honey are terrific. Beautiful work.

But let's give credit to Karen Finley for the original idea... and for doing it first. Nearly 10 years ago, actually.

Photos by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (2006).

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Mark Strand

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:23 PM

On June 27th, 1980, before his MacArthur fellowship, his Pulitzer Prize and his Poet Laureate gig, Mark Strand visited my East Village studio for a portrait.

Mark looked at my prints of Willem deKooning, Milton Resnick, Joop Sanders, Lee Krasner and Larry Rivers hanging on the wall and said, "where...

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Marian Seldes

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:46 AM

It was a privilege to know Marian Seldes, to be her friend.

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The Boomer List

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:41 PM

American Masters: The Boomer List

I never liked the term "baby boomer." Even though it referred to birthrate, it seemed to infantilize the remarkable achievements of my generation. Progressive movements like civil rights, women's liberation and LGBT equality, as well as environmental...

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Carmen Dell'Orefice Remembers Eileen Ford

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 12:59 PM

When Eileen Ford died this week, I sent a condolence email to one of her closest friends, the legendary model Carmen Dell'Orefice. Carmen starred in my doc, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now and was in my studio the day Eileen sat for her interview for the film.

Carmen wrote...

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Rene Ricard

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:57 PM

Artist, poet, writer and art critic Rene Ricard has died. Rene was frighteningly smart and brutally honest. If he liked your work, it meant a lot.

Many people cared about Rene, but some artists and their families were devoted to him... the Clementes, the Schnabels, and the Mardens come...

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Richard Heffner, RIP

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 12:52 PM

©Portrait of Richard Heffner, by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Richard Heffner interviewed everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Martin Luther King to William F. Buckley Jr. His massively important, truly historic, trend-setting show, "The Open Mind" influenced all who attempted the format. He helped start...

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Lou Reed

(18) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Lou Reed is with us always.
It was a privilege to be his friend.

Here are a few images that Lou liked...
Portraits (c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders



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Ronnie Cutrone, RIP

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 1:50 PM

Artist Ronnie Cutrone died on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Ronnie first appeared on the scene in the early Warhol Factory days, befriending Lou Reed and Jim Morrison, among many others. From 1972 to 1982, Ronnie worked as Andy Warhol's assistant. His behind the scenes snapshots of Andy's studio are...

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The Out List

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:32 PM

The Out List screening started out like a typical New York premiere event. I thanked my VIPS: HBO doc gurus Sheila Nevins and Lisa Heller, my co-producers and my subjects who included ballroom gatekeeper Twiggy Pucci Garcon, NFL star Wade Davis, Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez, transgender activist Janet Mock, Muslim-identified...

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Taylor Mead

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Taylor Mead, Warhol star, poet and actor, died on May 8th. My first portrait of Taylor was in December, 1979. We'd talk every so often for the next 34 years. When our mutual friend, Warhol star Tally Brown died, Taylor attended the funeral with Holly Woodlawn and Penny Arcade. In...

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Ed Koch

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:33 AM

On March 27th, 1990, Mayor Ed Koch posed for a Seven Days magazine cover shoot. As he got out of his car, two East Village locals were going through the garbage in front of my studio. Their hands dripped of coke syrup from the cans they were collecting for nickels....

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Lou Reed and Metallica

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:16 PM

Lou Reed and Metallica celebrated their collaboration album "Lulu" the other night in New York. I shot this in the back room of Steven Kasher Gallery during a listening party held before the dinner at Lion, hosted by Dom Perignon. Those are Lou self-portraits on the back wall.

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Wassaic Art Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 1:21 PM

I've known Bowie Zunino, the Director of the Wassaic Project, since she was an infant and I'm very impressed with the terrific arts festival that she, Jeff Barnett-Winsby and Eve Biddle have created in Wassaic, New York. On Friday, August 5th, The Wassaic Project opens its fourth year with over...

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Sean, Yoko, Antony, Lou and Patti Portrait

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 3:36 PM

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon organized a benefit for Japan Society's earthquake relief fund. Lou Reed, Antony Hegarty and Patti Smith joined in. I shot this backstage in a private moment, but am posting it with the hope that others will contribute to Japan Society's efforts.

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Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 12:32 AM

Salman Rushdie launched his new book, Luka and the Fire of Life, in front of a packed house of friends and fans at the Bowery Hotel. The incomparable Laura Linney (who flawlessly stars in Showtimes's The Big C), joined Rushdie to read passages from the book. Then, Angela McCluskey and...

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Congressman John Hall Speaks

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 4:22 PM

Congressman John Hall's fundraiser at Cat Rock in Garrison, New York was an occasion for him to vent on the disgraceful conduct of large insurance companies, particularly Prudential. Prudential is cheating the families of deceased Veterans by keeping 3/4 of the interest earnings on veterans' death benefits from the...

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Quad Cinema on 13th Street Screens "Adelaide" and "Punching the Clown"

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 3:55 PM

Last year, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders (my multi-talented daughter) produced and directed "Adelaide", an award winning short. Actually, "Adelaide" won ten awards, including both the Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award at Gen Art, Best Short film at Woodstock and New Orleans, Audience Awards & Special Jury Prizes at Austin, Indie Memphis,...

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Antony and the Johnsons

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 7:42 AM

I've been shooting portraits of musician/artist Antony Hegarty for many years now. (Lou Reed turned me and many many others on to Antony's work.)

On Letterman the other night, Antony was extraordinary...and I particularly liked his verse about the environment.

(c) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,...

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