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Doris Ulmann

Man Seated with Hat

Doris Ulmann was born in 1882 in New York City.
She died there in 1934.

Known for:
Portraits of the people of the rural South, Appalachia crafts and Gullah plantations.

Most Popular Images:
images from "Roll, Jordan, Roll"

Did you know ... ?
• Ulmann's work was often featured in an early magazine,
Pictorial Photography In America.
• She studied at the Ethical Culture School in New York where Lewis Hine was an instructor.

"I now feel that one ought to be able to do something that is a lasting thing for the world... something that will always have real value."

General Format:
Her photogravures are generally 6" x 8".

How many photographs exist?
Most of Ulmann's work was printed in small, unnumbered editions. Her photogravures from her Roll, Jordan, Roll collection were printed in editions of 291.

$1,500. - $50,000.

How are the photographs printed and signed?
Though Doris Ulmann generally signed her work on the mount au recto in pencil, some of the photogravures are unsigned.

Technical Information:
Though smaller, more modern cameras existed, Ulmann insisted on using a
6 1/2" x 8 1/2" view camera to create her Platinum contact prints. She also experimented with the processes of Gum Bichromate and Bromoil printing.

All are vintage.

Roll, Jordan, Roll - Illustrated book of 90 photogravures
A Portrait Gallery of America Editors - includes 43 photogravures

Books - In Print (order yours now!):
In Focus: Doris Ulmann - softcover, $16.95

Select photographs by Doris Ulmann are available at A Gallery for Fine Photography.

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