Cherokee Woman, North Carolina

Doris Ulmannabout 1929

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Doris Ulmann photographed members of the Cherokee tribe on a reservation in western North Carolina. In this image she represented an unidentified young woman holding an example of the simple gray pottery that typified the tribe's work. The Cherokee woman holds the vessel carefully on her lap, looking away from the camera with an expression that suggests that she does not recognize herself to be an essential part of the photograph. Her long hair flows loosely over her shoulders, softening her weathered yet handsome face and lending the image an air of timelessness.

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  • Title: Cherokee Woman, North Carolina
  • Creator: Attributed to Doris Ulmann
  • Date: about 1929
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.7 cm (8 x 5 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Platinum print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 94.XM.101
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs