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You've found Elsa Dorfman, Portrait Photographer. My website is my obsession. In 1995, Brian LaMacchia encouraged me to start putting together a website which I called Elsa's Cyberjournal. His friend Philip Greenspun set me up w/ his own sites at MIT(CSAIL department) and later at his legendary site photo.net. I was hooked.


Here is a map that Andrew Grumet and I came up with in 2002, inspired by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway map which was designed in 1965-1967 by Tom Geismar when he was a partner at Chermayeff and Geismar in Cambridge at Putnam Circle, a few blocks from my house. Geismar's map for the Boston T was the first subway map in the US that used color for the different subway lines. That idea was borrowed from subway maps in European cities. The 1960's design overhaul of the Boston subway system included everything: the cars, the hanging straps, even the turnstiles. Working on this site map converted me into a wild fan of urban subway maps and their subculture!


Browse on the different subway lines to yr heart's content. The present iteration of the site is designed by Ben Fenton and me.


You can get more literal help from my conventional site directory in text format. All your questions about me and my work will be answered. And you will be much amused.

You can search this site!! I have a Google directory on the entire website so you shld be able to find just abt anything that is here. .

What's Happening

  • I was recently featured on wired.com

  • There is film for the 20x24s. There is film. There is film. It's a miracle.

  • The article in the July 11th 2011 issue of the The New Yorker. Talk of the Town writer Nick Paumgarten chronicles the survival of the 20x24. Hurray, he mentions ME

  • Time moves on and so what's new is now history! Maybe something you're looking for is in the archive I can't bear to throw anything away. The archive is a collection of most of my What's New bits?

How To Find Elsa

E-mail: elsad@comcast.net

Framing studio: 607 Franklin St. Cambridge, MA 02139; (617)876-6416

Portrait studio: 955 Mass. Ave.,#LL, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617)876-6416

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If you see a picture of yourself on this page, and you do not want it to be here, contact Elsa immediately.