Doris Ulmann (May 29, 1882-August 28, 1934) was a photographer most known for her portraits of people from the Appalachians. She particularly liked to shoot musicians and craftsmen.
Ulmann also took portraits of famous writers, artists, and intellectuals of the time such as Martha Graham, John Dewey, William Butler Yeats, Lillian Gish, Joseph Wood Krutch, Max Eastman, Sinclair Lewis, Lewis Mumford, Anna Pavlova, and Paul Robeson.
Explaining her interest in portraits, Ulmann said “The faces of men and women in the street are probably as interesting as literary faces, but my particular human angle leads me to men and women who write. I am not interested exclusively in literary faces, because I have been more deeply moved by some of my mountaineers than by any literary person. A face that has the marks of having lived intensely, that expresses some phase of life, some dominant quality or intellectual power, constitutes for me an interesting face. For this reason the face of an older person, perhaps not beautiful in the strictest sense, is usually more appealing than the face of a younger person who has scarcely been touched by life.” – “Doris Ulmann: Photographer-in-waiting,” Bookman, 72, 129-144.
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