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building muse

July 20, 2013


On my trip to Utah, again at the lovely Utah Museum of Fine Arts, I saw the work of 20th century photographer Mike Disfarmer. Said to be a muse to film makers The Coen brothers, Disfarmer photographed his rural Arkansas community through the depression and into the second world war. My great interest in these are the space around the people. At the exhibition the curator displayed the humble stool the Disfarmer used, the black painted line on the wall behind many subjects and the early camera on a tri-pod. This attention to how the images were crafted and how the aesthetic was developed, I found to be the most interesting. Although the images of the people are arresting.

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