About the American Photographer Mike DISFARMER (1884-1959)
Mike DISFARMER was born as Michael Meyer in Indiana and worked as a photographer in Heber Springs, Arkansas from 1914. He not only sold studio portraits, but also processed film, sold postcards, and rented them out. He was considered a mythical figure during his lifetime because in 1939 he changed his last name to DISFARMER and claimed descent from a tornado. His portraits - commonly regarded as honest depictions of a rural population by an eccentric outsider - were compared to works by masters such as August SANDER and Irving PENN.
Photo books on the work of Mike DISFARMER (a selection)
'Original Disfarmer Photographs' (2006, by Stephen Kasher); 'Becoming Disfarmer' (2014)