Mike Disfarmer was a commercial portrait photographer in small-town Arkansas from 1915 to 1959 who secured his position as the local curiosity when he gave himself the surname “Disfarmer” after twenty-five years in business. Disfarmer sold inexpensive photographs to tourists, townspeople, and generations of farmers from nearby areas. Unknown during his lifetime, his portraits have since become widely celebrated. Becoming Disfarmer is a critical evaluation of Disfarmer's vernacular photographs, including approximately fifty examples of his skillful portraits on postcard-sized paper that once belonged to his patrons, as well as thirty posthumous enlargements made between 1976-2005. Alongside these works will be ephemeral materials supporting an examination of the ways in which Disfarmer's photographs have been received since his death. These materials include: newspaper clippings, historical journals, and audio edited from existing interviews with people who knew Disfarmer.