Disfamer: A Portrait of America

Presented by: The Knowledge Network

Directed by: Martin Lavut

In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, the eccentric Arkansas 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 portrait practice as “a work of artistic genius” and “a classical episode in the history of American photography.” This 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.


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