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Mike Disfarmer is a true American eccentric. Born Mike Meyer, he changed his name to distance himself from both the surrounding farming community of his native Arkansas and from his own kinfolk—claiming that a tornado had accidentally blown him onto the Meyer family farm as a baby. The son of a German-born Union soldier in the heart of the South, Disfarmer was an agnostic ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by powerHouse Books (first published October 15th 2005)
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Terry Benge
Jul 18, 2016 Terry Benge rated it really liked it
My father, Gerald H. Varner, was born in Cleburne County, Arkansas 1926 and grew up there. According to this book, in that same year a tornado touched down and destroyed the home of Mike Disfarmer and his mother. My dad's family was photographed several times by Disfarmer in the 1930s in Heber Springs, Arkansas (Cleburne County). We kept those prints as family photographs, which show my dad as a little boy, through his early teenage years. My dad was second oldest; as the photos reveal, the ...more
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Recommends it for: photographers and artists
A collection of highly technically rendered images from a bygone social era. The photographs were produced mostly with an also very bygone photographic technique, even for their own time.

These photographic records are questionably great photographic art. The collaborators that brought this work to the attention of the greater public of course promote this viewpoint. They go as far as to put this work from an eccentric, mostly unlikeable, and little known rural American photographer in the panthe
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Sep 21, 2008 Ben Olson rated it it was amazing
Beautiful collections of portraits from a truly mysterious small town historian that lived a posthumous life.
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