The Black List Project

Biographies

Learn about the creators of The Black List.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (American, born 1952), a photographer and filmmaker, is best known for his intimate portraits of world leaders and major cultural figures and his documentary about the legendary musician Lou Reed, which won a Grammy Award in 1998. Greenfield-Sanders’s film and photography career started in the mid-1970s when he attended the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles and began taking photographs for the school of visiting dignitaries, including Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, and Ingmar Bergman.

In 1979, Greenfield-Sanders moved to New York City and began to photograph the art world. Twenty years later, he exhibited 700 portraits of artists, dealers, critics, collectors, and curators. Full sets of all 700 of these images are now in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. To date, fifteen books and catalogues have been published on Greenfield-Sanders’s portraiture.

Elvis Mitchell
Elvis Mitchell (American, born 1958), host of the nationally syndicated public radio program The Treatment, is the entertainment critic for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Mitchell has served as film critic for the New York Times; the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, at which he won the 1999 AASFE Award for criticism; the Detroit Free Press; LA Weekly; and California magazine. In 1993, Mitchell was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for his contributions to “The AFI Achievement Award Tribute to Sidney Poitier.”

Mitchell is a visiting lecturer on African and African-American studies and visual and environmental studies at Harvard University. He hosted the Independent Focus interview program on the Independent Film Channel, was editor-at-large for Spin magazine, and has also written for Interview, Esquire, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine