I’ve been an admirer of Mike Disfarmer’s images (taken during the 1930’s-1940’s) ever since I came across his work a decade ago. What do I like? First, I’m a big fan of classic black and white photography. That was the initial draw. Next are the people he spent a lifetime crafting portraits of. None famous- just regular folks coming to the studio to have their pictures taken. Sure there were other photographers doing this, but Disfarmer’s work sets him apart. He had the remarkable ability to capture individual personalities and quirks on film.
For the past three months I’ve been shooting a series based on Disfarmer’s work. I found twenty regular folks as models. Some I matched up with Disfarmer’s actual photos- not to every last detail, but close enough to make the connection. Other photos were posed in what I refer to as in the spirit of Disfarmer.
Portrait #1 of 20
(Cover of Abbi and Portrait of C.G. # 01/20- © 2013 Martha Browne)
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