Disfarmer: The Heber Springs Portraits, 1939-1946. Text by Julia Scully. Addison House, Danbury, New Hampshire, 1976. 135 pp. Quarto. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions. This copy signed by photographer Milton Rogovin (we're not sure why).
The book that introduced Disfarmer's work to a new audience in 1976.
In Heber Springs, a reclusive photographer known simply as Disfarmer created an uncanny record of American rural life during the 1930s and 1940s. Working out of his modest studio, Disfarmer created portraits which are direct and unpretentious. Disfarmer's portraits of cotton farmers, tradesmen, soldiers home on leave, and the extended families that made up this rural community, reveal a common bond that is rapidly disappearing in the United States. They are bold portraits, and sometimes confrontational, yet they show his sitter's humble grace and small-town charm. Handed down through generations and found today in the family albums of this community, Disfarmer's portraits are emblematic of the post-Depression era. These photographs underscore his uniquely American vision of place. Disfarmer is the real thing, and no other rediscovered photographer of the last quarter-century--excepting E. J. Bellocq--comes close to equaling his naive genius."--Andy Grundberg, The New York Times Book Review
Fine/Near Fine; creasing and small tears to upper edges.