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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is an American documentary filmmaker and portrait photographer based in New York City. The majority of his work is shot in large format.Greenfield-Sanders has photographed five U.S. Presidents, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O’Connor, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, among many others. Seven hundred of his art world portraits are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Greenfield-Sanders is on the masthead, as a contributing photographer, of Vanity Fair. His work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, The Newseum, The Brooklyn Museum, High Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and most recently at The Annenberg Space for Photography.His documentary film, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, about the musician Lou Reed, won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. The film premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the Berlin Film Festival. It aired on the American Masters series on PBS. Greenfield-Sanders also exhibited “Thinking XXX”, a series of clothed and nude portraits of porn stars at the Mary Boone Gallery from October 30 to December 18, 2004. During the photo shoots for the exhibition he directed an HBO documentary, also called Thinking XXX, about the adult stars. His son in-law Sebastian Blanck worked with him on Thinking XXX, as a composer.Starting in 2008, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Black List: Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Volume 1 premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Portraits taken by Greenfield-Sanders for the project were first exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2008 and then at the Brooklyn Museum. The work continued to tour and was shown at the Hartford Atheneum and the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles. From October 27, 2011 – April 22, 2012, all fifty images from the series were shown at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Black List won an NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary.In 2010 and 2011, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Latino List: Volumes 1 & 2. Both films aired on HBO. His portraits from the series were exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the High Museum in Atlanta. In 2012, he completed another film, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, an examination of beauty through the eyes and lives of supermodels from the 1950s to the 1980s. This documentary premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO on July 30, 2012. He also directed and produced, The Out List, which aired on HBO on October 27, 2013, just as the United States Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality.On September 23, 2014, Greenfield-Sanders aired, on PBS’ American Masters series, The Boomer List, which starred well-known persons representing each of the baby boomer years of 1946-1964. His portraits of the 19 subjects were exhibited at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. On September 25, 2015, his film The Women’s List aired on PBS’ American Master series. His portraits of subjects from the documentary along with 35 other images of women, from his archive, were exhibited through December 31, 2015 at the Hearst Tower Alexey Brodovitch Gallery.In 2016, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced, The Trans List. Trans journalist and author, Janet Mock, conducted the interviews. The film received grants from The Ford Foundation, The Arcus Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation. Among the eleven subjects were Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox. It aired December 5, 2016 on HBO. In addition to the documentary, Greenfield-Sanders photographed 29 other trans subjects to include in his “list” survey exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography. This exhibition was the first time that all 151 portraits from the Black, Latino, Out, Women’s and Trans ‘list’ projects were presented together. On December 4, 2016, Greenfield-Sanders was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning by Serena Altschul.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and other top speakers and celebrities.

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