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    Signed Platinum Print Photograph by Doris Ulmann Ulmann was born in New York City in 1882 and became a popular photographer taking portraits of the "rich and famous." Between the years of 1927 and 1934 she traveled the south taking thousands of pictures of the people in the Appalachian Mountain area, and their crafts and homes. She felt that their culture was in danger of dying out and her photos comprise likely the finest record of this area. She once said, "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." Her photographs certainly accomplished that. Ulmann worked with a bulky, old-fashioned view camera on a wooden tripod taking 6.5" x 8.5" negative plates from which she made contact prints on platinum paper, always in small quantities. This lot contains one of her prints, signed in pencil on the mount. It is of a black woman sitting on some steps. She is wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a striped shirt and a long skirt. The far-away look in her eyes makes this a beautiful and moving photograph. An original print of 6" x 8", circa 1930. Ulmann's work was largely forgotten for many years but since the 1970s, its historic importance has been fully realized.

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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