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Mike Disfarmer, American, (1882–1959)
John Turney, 1944
Ink on paper
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (14 x 8.9 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg
Accession Number: 2014.21.1

Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) was born to German immigrants in Arkansas, where he later established his own studio. He was fascinated with natural lighting, and would often take over an hour for each portrait sitting in order to make proper adjustments. Despite Disfarmer’s particularities, his studio was a town attraction, and his “penny portraits” (25-50 cents an image) were popular, affordable mementos.
Allegra Cox, SCR 2018

In pencil, verso, top "John Turney made in the year of 1944"

In blue ink, verso, just above the center "John Turney 1944"

Vintage gelatin silver contact print

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