Doris Ulmann (American, 1882-1934)
Fisherman, South Carolina, circa 1925
20.3 x 15.6 cm
For a brief time in the early 1920s, the family of Julia Peterkin (co-author, with Doris Ulmann, of Roll, Jordan, Roll) owned Brookgreen Plantation on the South Carolina coast, near Murrells Inlet. On at least one occasion Ulmann traveled from New York to Myrtle Beach. From there the two artists went in search of photographic material for Roll, Jordan, Roll. As she had done when she first began photographing, Ulmann sought out the working men of the area. The fishermen of the coastal community were apparently a favorite subject. Having been influenced by the work of Hill & Adamson, Ulmann's picture was perhaps inspired by their famous portraits of the Newhaven fishing comunity.
Adapted from Judith Keller, Doris Ulmann: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: In Focus Series, Getty Pulbications, 1996)