Disfarmer. Heber Springs Portraits, 1939-1946. Photographs by Mike Disfarmer.


Heber Springs Portraits, 1939-1946.

Photographs by Mike Disfarmer.
Twin Palms, Santa Fe, 2000. 212 pp., 182 sheet-fed gravure illustrations, 7x10".

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"This Disfarmer is more complete and in many ways more satisfying than the book that first introduced Disfarmer to the world.... 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

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 These photographs, many unpublished or rarely seen, underscore his uniquely American vision of place.

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