Elsa Dorfman talks about ‘Housebook’

Photographer Elsa Dorfman discusses “Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal” at the Harvard Book Store. Her husband, civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate, was in the front row and also on the screen. (A photo of his younger self is in the book.) (Jay Connor photo for The Boston Globe)
Photographer Elsa Dorfman discusses “Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal” at the Harvard Book Store. Her husband, civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate, was in the front row and also on the screen. (A photo of his younger self is in the book.) (Jay Connor photo for The Boston Globe)

Famed portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman stepped out from behind her oversized camera long enough this week to speak at the Harvard Book Store about “Elsa’s Housebook: A Woman’s Photojournal,” which was originally published in 1974. The book chronicles, in black and white, the many friends — some of them famous, such as Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, and Robert Creeley — who visited Dorfman at her place in Cambridge in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There’s also a picture in the book of Dorfman’s then-boyfriend Harvey Silverglate, the well-known civil rights attorney who eventually became her husband and was sitting in the front row at Dorfman’s talk at the bookstore.

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