Disfarmer: Portrait of America


In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, a portrait photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America during the two World Wars and the Great Depression. Critics have hailed Disfarmer's remarkable black and white portraits as "a work of artistic genius" and "a classical episode in the history of American photography." This feature documentary discovers an American master, his influence on the modern Manhattan art world, and the legacy he left behind in his hometown of Heber Springs.

"Disfarmer’s portraits were never intended to be works of art, though some would argue strenuously that they are. Art or not, it would be hard to imagine pictures more pure or more honest than these. "- LIFE Magazine

Disfarmer: Portrait of America

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