[Sister Mary Paul Lewis, a Sister of the Order of the Holy Family, New Orleans]

Doris UlmannDecember 1931

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

At the urging of her friend Julia Peterkin (1880-1961), an author with whom she collaborated, Doris Ulmann made several trips to New Orleans between 1929 and 1931. There she became intrigued with the Creole and Cajun residents as well as with the Sisters of the Holy Family convent in the city's French Quarter. She photographed the nuns (most of them African American) individually, in groups, and with their black students. This unidentified portrait presents a sister who seems to possess a regal bearing, her hands carefully cradling spectacles, and reflects Ulmann's interest in cloistered or isolated communities.

Adapted from Judith Keller. Doris Ulmann, In Focus: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), 62. ©1996, J. Paul Getty Trust.


  • Title: [Sister Mary Paul Lewis, a Sister of the Order of the Holy Family, New Orleans]
  • Creator: Doris Ulmann
  • Date Created: December 1931
  • Location Created: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.5 × 15.6 cm (8 1/16 × 6 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Platinum print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 87.XM.89.80
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Doris Ulmann (American, 1882 - 1934)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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