DORIS ULMANN, PLATINUM PRINTS - APPALACHIAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN PORTRAITS
Jun 29, 2017 — Aug 03, 2017
Keith de Lellis Gallery presents the work of Pictorialist
photographer Doris Ulmann (American, 1882-1934).
A graduate of the Clarence White School of Photography and
one of the earliest social documentary photographers, Ulmann began her career in New York, creating portraits of elite writers, artists, and intellectuals in her Park Avenue apartment. The artist captured both her humble and prominent subjects alike with great care and dignity. Ulmann sought out "A face that has the marks of having lived intensely, that expresses some phase of life, some dominant quality or intellectual power" in her portraiture (Bookman 72).
Ulmann's soft-focus platinum prints soothe the hardened features of her subjects, directing the viewer's attention to their dignified and proud bearings. Her work blurs the lines between the documentarian and the fine art, combining her humanist background instilled by the Ethical Culture School with her Pictorialist training.