Ulmann, Doris – American Photographer

A silver gelatin portrait by Doris Ulmann

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A signed Doris Ulmann photograph of Marguerite Butler Bidstrup

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A signed Doris Ulmann wax platinum print of an old man in front of a log cabin

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A platinum print portrait of Katherine Cornell by Doris Ulmann

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Doris Ulmann (1884-1934)

Doris Ulmann was born in 1884 in New York City. She began her photographic career while a student at Columbia University studying psychology and law. As a prominent New York City photographer, Doris Ulmann was best known for her photographs of the Deep South during the 1920s and 1930s. Trained as a pictorialist by Clarence White, Ulmann produced beautifully crafted soft-focus platinum prints.

Her work at the Ethical Culture School inspired an interest in photographing people of all races, cultures, and economic groups. As a result, her photographs include as subjects everyone from William Butler Yeats to the people of southern Appalachia.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions Inc. and Neal Auction Company

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