Students Re-Create Rural Arkansas Portraits

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose in a photo during the opening reception for Mike Disfarmer: Photographs in the Zilkha Gallery Oct. 9. Hailing from the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, the photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of rural Arkansans in starkly intimate portraits.

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose in a photo during the opening reception for Mike Disfarmer: Photographs in the Zilkha Gallery Oct. 9. Hailing from the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, the photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of rural Arkansans in starkly intimate portraits.

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose as rural Arkansans living between 1939 and 1945 in this portrait.

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose as rural Arkansans living between 1939 and 1945 in this portrait.

Cordelia Blanchard '12, Lindsay Keys '11, and Daria Lombroso '11 mimic Disfarmer's portraits by reflecting the mood at the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's photographs show the dramatic shifts during the war years, as well as the transformations of postwar prosperity.

Cordelia Blanchard '12, Lindsay Keys '11, and Daria Lombroso '11 mimic Disfarmer's portraits by reflecting the mood at the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's photographs show the dramatic shifts during the war years, as well as the transformations of postwar prosperity.

Mary Lauran Hall '10 and Mark McCloughan '10 pose for their picture. All photos were e-mailed to students after the event. Accompanying photos taken by Disfarmer are included in the exhibit. The photographs in this exhibition were printed from the original glass plates, recovered in the 1970s from Disfarmer's studio.

Mary Lauran Hall '10 and Mark McCloughan '10 pose for their picture. All photos were e-mailed to students after the event. Accompanying photos taken by Disfarmer are included in the exhibit. The photographs in this exhibition were printed from the original glass plates, recovered in the 1970s from Disfarmer's studio.