Lot 163 of 446:
Documentary photography in the American South, 1933  

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Peterkin, Julia & Doris Ulmann

New York

Robert O. Ballou



251 pp. With 71 photogravure plates from photographs by Doris Ulmann. 8vo. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Trade Edition.

Chronicles 1930s African-Americans living on Peterkin's plantation along the South Carolina coast. Peterkin is best known for her 1929 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Scarlet Sister Mary.” Ulmann's photographs encompass a wide range of subjects from chain gangs in their striped uniforms, to people undergoing stream-side baptism, to farm workers, and pipe-smoking, turban-topped grandmothers.  Described by Parr and Badger [Vol. 1, p. 135] as “Ulmann’s soft-focus photos, rendered as tactile as charcoal drawings in the superb gravure reproductions here straddle Pictorialism and Modernism even as they appear to dissolve into memory. A classic and dramatic narrative account of the African-American life in the Southern States as witnessed by the author. Roth 101, pp. 78-79.

Lot Amendments

Binding worn, darkened and leaning spine with tears to cloth and chips at spine ends, some soiling and discoloration to cloth; leaves somewhat toned; good overall, gravures very good.

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