[ca. 1925 - 1926]. Ulmann, Doris. Unique oil pigment print photograph, image size 8 x 6 in. [20.3 x 15.2 cm.] mounted to tissue using glassine tape and then tipped to 11 x 14 inch board. SIGNED in pencil beneath the image by the photographer; titled "An Old Woman" and signed again on the blank reverse of the board. Presented in a 16 x 20 inch archival window-mat. In fine condition. Item #52384
Doris Ulmann (1882-1934), although prolific, the majority of her photographs are unique prints and of these, most are left unsigned. As was her practice, Doris Ulmann only signed those photographs she exhibited or intended to exhibit.
From 1917 through 1925, Doris Ulmann created approximately 150 oil pigment prints. Given the extreme difficulty in obtaining success with this process, the prints are unique monotypes. The subtle details visible in the deep shadows of this print exhibit a technical mastery of both the exposure and of the pigment process.
This print is reproduced as Figure 1, p. xx in Philip Walker Jacobs' excellent THE LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF DORIS ULMANN. The University of Kentucky Press, 2001. For a detailed description of Ulmann's oil print process and method of presentation, see the above reference, p. 276 -77.