was born in Budapest, Hungary, 1910 and moved to Berlin,
When Hitler appeared, she went to Holland where she lived
until her death.
Looking back she says that during her two years
in Berlin she made her best photographs.
She is famous because she was one of the first street/documentary
Later she photographed (among other subjects)
the Dutch woman rights movement.
She died at the age of 93.
Disfarmer: A Portrait of America
Trailer 2:30 minutes
by Dennis Mohr
In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, the Arkansas
portrait photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the
lives and emotions of the people of rural America during the
two World Wars and the Great Depression. This documentary
discovers an American master, his influence on the modern
Manhattan art world, and the legacy he left behind in his
hometown of Heber Springs.
“Disfarmer”is a documentary exploring the two
insular communities of Heber Springs, Arkansas and the
Modern Manhattan art world, and the long-dead misanthrope
who has unwittingly brought the two together.
Richard Avedon referred to Disfarmer’s photography as
“indispensable”; his own series of rural portraits, In the
American West, published a decade later, reveals a kinship
with - and likely the influence of - Disfarmer's unblinking
- The New York Times
Dennis Mohr, Producer
Gizmo Films Incorporated (o/a Public Pictures)
220 Kenilworth Ave. • Toronto, Ontario • Canada M4L 3S4
c: 416-573-0265 • e:
How this image was created
Totally dark room
Black background (black clothes that do not reflect)
Floors and the sides are covered with the black fabric so
the light doesn’t bounce around
The only white surface:
the white keys of the piano
The strobe is on full power with the snoot, behind my
head, pointed at the keys at about 35 degrees.
The camera is rigged with the PW (Powerty Wizard)
A remote electronic trigger is also connected
ISO 400, wide open aperture 2.8.
Shutter is dragged, under a second
This is to make sure the light saturates the keys real well
The camera is on a timer, triggered by an electronic remote
positioned on the piano music stand.
Then I assumed a position at the piano.