Göttingen: Steidl, 2005. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's speckled putty paper-covered boards, spine stamped in black, speckled putty endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Disassociation, dislocation, dissonance- – these are keys to understanding Disfarmer’s art...Over and over he managed to find in each of his neighbors the quick pulse of a disparate being" (from Steven Kasher’s foreword). First edition catalog of Mike Disfarmer’s portrait photography, published by Steven Kasher Gallery, a New York City gallery representing contemporary photographers. Disfarmer worked largely in obscurity for most of his life, making studio portraits of rural clients in Heber Springs, Arkansas, in the first half of the 20th century, images which came to be regarded as examples of classic American portrait photography in the years after his death. After a tornado destroyed the home he shared with his mother when he was forty-two years old, Disfarmer built himself a studio in which he worked and lived alone for the rest of his life, exclusively photographing the people he knew from his hometown with a direct and guileless intensity. This book was published upon discovery of Disfarmer’s vintage prints, previously only known through prints made from negatives found after his death, and includes a foreword by Steven Kasher and an essay by Alan Trachtenberg. Signed note from Steven Kasher and an accompanying card advertising the book launch and the opening reception for the gallery’s new space laid in. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #3340