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Doris Ulmann

Corn Shocks and Sky
about 1925
platinum print
7 1/4 x 6 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs

Simplicity of form is this image’s strongest element. Ulmann’s frame is three quarters cloud-filled sky with the remaining area filled with neatly arranged rows of corn shocks. A New York native, Ulmann is best known for her soft-focus platinum process pictures of ordinary life in the Appalachian Mountain region.