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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Doris Ulmann. Maum Duck (Mrs. Doctor), South Carolina, between ca. 1929 and 1931. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (52.00.00)

DORIS ULMANN. Maum Duck (Mrs. Doctor). South Carolina, ca. 1929–1931

In an interview, Ulmann referred to her particular interest in portraits. “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.”