The Disfarmer Project is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the great American portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959). Please browse our website for images, news and information about Disfarmer.
We are grateful for the ongoing support from the community of Heber Springs, Arkansas, for this historical reclamation project.
05/02/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Disfarmer: A Portrait of America Documentary Film Screening
The Fayetteville Public Library invites you to a free screening of the documentary film Disfarmer: A Portrait of America in honor of Arkansas Heritage Month.
Throughout the month of May prints of Disfarmer's photographs will be on display in the Reading Room on the second floor of the library.
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W Mountain
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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January 24, 2012 - July 14, 2013
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibition and Documentary Screening:
Mike Disfarmer: Cleburne County Portraits
The Coen Brothers, Ralph Lauren and guitarist Bill Frisell are just a few artists who have found inspiration in the photographs of Mike Disfarmer. A small town photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas, Disfarmer used glass plate negatives to create snapshot size photographs as keepsakes for the local community. The stark minimalism of his studio backdrops, especially those used during the 1930s and through the war years, effectively isolate his subjects and in doing so create intimate, deeply human portraits of them. The dignity of hard work and the vagaries of rural life can be read in the faces and demeanor of the many people who sat for his ‘penny portraits'.
Marcia & John Price Museum Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0350 |
June 13, 2012
Disfarmer: A Portrait of America
documentary screening at the The Garland County Library, HS, AR
Garland County Library
1427 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
For more information, call 501-623-4161
Also on display through June 30, 2012
A small companion exhibition of Disfarmer photos
Curated by Hava Gurevich, images courtesy of The Disfarmer Project.
New Gallery Exhibition
March 16 through May 12, 2012
Disfarmer: Portraits from a Lifetime
Disfarmer: Portraits from a Lifetime is an exhibition of vintage prints that explores the life and work of Heber Springs, Arkansas photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959). This intimate exhibition chronicles the full spectrum of Mike Disfarmer’s career, featuring studio portraits from 1916 to 1955, including examples of his work from all three studio periods: Penrose & Meyer, The Meyer Studio, and the Disfarmer Studio.
Greg Thompson Fine Art
429 Main Street - Second Floor
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Part of the BAMcinématek series Puppets on Film
Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 6:50pm
Introduction by David Soll and puppeteer Chris Green
Directed by David Soll
Interweaving a broad look at the fraught history of American puppetry—from its marginalization as children’s theater to its sudden explosion as high art—with an intimate look at downtown artist Dan Hurlin, this documentary follows him as he creates a complex puppet work about eccentric Depression-era photographer Mike Disfarmer.
for additional information visit the BAM website
Disfarmer: A Portrait of America
A documentary about Disfarmer is set to premiere at the
19th Hot Springs International Film Festival
Executive Producers: Mark Johnston & Amanda Handy
Producer: Dennis Mohr
Director: Martin Lavut
DP: Rudi Kovanic
Sound: Glenn Hodgins
Editor: Rob Ruzic
Associate Producer: Hava Gurevich
Exclusive First Listen: Bill Frisell, 'Disfarmer'
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
© photo Jimmy Katz
Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has assembled a 21st-century string band to record an album inspired by Mike Disfarmer's work.
, July 13, 2009 - This album is called Disfarmer
, and it's by Bill Frisell
. Frisell, you may know: He's a guitar tactician with warmth and a composer of unclassifiable songs. As a solo artist, Frisell is known largely for drawing upon the affects of Americana — folk, country and western, what-have-you — in ways you wouldn't immediately call jazz, but which draw from jazz in a way that implies no better descriptor. MORE
art2art is proud to circulate this important exhibition in association with the Disfarmer Project. The photographs are selected from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.
For information please visit www.art2art.org
DISFARMER: THE VINTAGE PRINTS
Dan Hurlin : Everyday Uses for Sight No. 6: Disfarmer
Everyday Uses for Sight No. 6: Disfarmer, premiering in February 2009 at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY , is a piece of Puppet Theater that examines the contradictions in the life of an American hermit. Alone but not despairing, longing but not lonely, Disfarmer is represented by a series of puppets, each an exact reprint of the last, except 2 inches smaller. During the course of the play, Disfarmer shrinks like the rest of rural America, until he is completely gone, and we are left with the quiet and nervous expectancy of standing perfectly still for a long exposure. MORE
Learn about Disfarmer:
A brief biography of Disfarmer by noted author Rick Woodward may be found here.
News articles and reviews concerning Disfarmer can be found here.