Original Disfarmer Photographs.
Photographs by Mike Disfarmer, introduction by Alan Trachtenberg.
Steidl/Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, 2005. 240 pp., 209 black-and-white and 4 color illustrations, 7¾x10".
'The Disfarmer images are strong pictures of strong, vivid, magnetically intriguing people. Their lives reside in their faces, their appearances. But even while bespeaking time and place, they do so as distinct individuals, each untranslatable in his or her distinctiveness, each performing the communal ethos in an individual way. Disfarmer so profoundly captures the normalcy of life in his place because he understands from within its deepest psychoses. We are mistaken to think that documentation battles with art in these pictures. A distillation of an acerbic, perhaps tragic view of life with something quirky, homespun, and deeply intuitive, it's the art of Disfarmer which puts him in touch with time and place, which gives his portraits their power as singular documents.'
- Alan Trachtenberg, from the Introduction
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