Heber Springs Portraits 1939-1946 by Mike Disfarmer. Second edition (1996). Medium format hardback in fine condition. Dust jacket in a removable protective sleeve.
Please note the book is brand new and unread, removed from shrink wrap only to be photographed, however, there are slight markings to dust jacket.
About Heber Springs Portraits 1939-1946In 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 These photographs, many unpublished or rarely seen, underscore his uniquely American vision of place. For this monograph of Disfarmer’s work, Jack Woody returned to the surviving glass-plate negatives, choosing approximately 200 for this book. A set of contact prints were made from the glass plates, and the book was printed on a sheet-fed gravure press in Kyoto, Japan. Gravure gives the images a richness and depth that evokes their time and place.