September 15, 2005
the dis-farmer

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Two dealers traveled to buy up many/most remaining vintage prints by cipher-photographer-rebel Mike Disfarmer. The results are two shows, at Houk and Steven Kasher, and a book.

More on Disfarmer here:

"The eccentric photographer known as Disfarmer (1884-1959) seemed to be a man determined to shroud himself in mystery. Born Mike Meyers, the sixth of seven children in a German immigrant family, Disfarmer rejected the Arkansas farming world and the family in which he was raised. He even claimed at one point in his life that a tornado had lifted him up from places unknown and deposited him into the Meyers family.

In time Mike expressed his discontent with his family and farming by changing his name to Disfarmer. In modern German "meier" means dairy farmer, and since he thought of himself as neither a "Meyer" nor a "farmer," Mike Meyer became "dis"- farmer."

Posted by dbrown at September 15, 2005 05:58 PM
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