Searcy Woman Treasures Masterpieces

SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 - Posted at 6:13 a.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - A Searcy woman remembers sitting for well-known photographer Mike Disfarmer whose portraits of rural Americans during the Depression and World War II are in the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Arkansas Arts Center Museum.  Disfarmer lived in Heber Springs.

Brenda Evans says she and other family members were the subject of some of his photos, and she has a vague memory of a big camera and she recalls him as being "grumpy."  She says the photo sessions lasted almost three hours long.

Evans recently sold two of her Disfarmer photos to a collector.  One was a picture of her and a doll when she was about four years old.  The other was a picture of her father and another man with a catfish they caught on the Little Red River.  A collection of Disfarmer's work is currently on display at the Searcy Art Gallery.

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