Biography

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. In 2004, his series of 700 art world portraits was accepted into the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was honored for his many achievements at Pratt Institute’s Legends 2015 Gala.

A number of books on Timothy’s work have been published: Art World (Fotofolio); Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, his first monograph (Alberico Cetti Serbelloni Editori); XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits (Bulfinch Press); Face to Face (Skira); Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week (Powerhouse); The Black List (Atria); The Latino List (Luxury); The Black List 50 (Luxury); The Out List (Luxury); and The Boomer List (Luxury).

Timothy, who is a contributing photographer at Vanity Fair, has produced and directed numerous films. His first, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, a feature documentary about the legendary musician, aired in April 1998 on PBS’ American Masters and premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the Berlin Film Festival. The film won a 1999 Grammy award for best music documentary.

Thinking XXX, a film about the making of his XXX book, aired in October 2004 on HBO. A soundtrack CD was released in November 2004 by Ryko Records. In addition, in October 2004, the “XXX” portraits were exhibited at Mary Boone Gallery in New York and then at Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, Kluser Gallery in Munich, Berman/Turner Projects in Los Angeles, Paolo Curti Gallery in Milan, and Howard Russeck Gallery in Palm Beach.

In 2006, Timothy photographed injured soldiers and marines for the HBO film Alive Day Memories. The images were widely published, shown in numerous exhibitions, and purchased by the Library of Congress.

Between 2008 and 2010, Timothy produced and directed “The Black List Project,” a series of three documentaries for HBO, a traveling museum exhibition of portraits organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a book with Atria, DVDs with Target, and an educational initiative with the United Negro College Fund.

In 2011, his film The Latino List: Volume 1 aired on HBO, and the accompanying portraits were exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. Also that year, 50 portraits from “The Black List” were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. In February 2012, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on July 30th aired on HBO, and The Latino List: Volume 2 aired on HBO in September of that year. His film The Out List, aired on HBO in June 2013.

His film American Masters: The Boomer List premiered on PBS in September 2014, and the accompanying portraits were exhibited at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. His documentary American Masters: The Women’s List premiered on PBS in September 2015.

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