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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). ULLMANN, Doris, photographer. Portrait photograph inscribed and signed ("Albert Einstein"), 1931.
Silver print ( 7 7/8 x 6 in.), neatly tipped to a mount (12½ x 7 3/8 in. overall). Inscribed and signed in ink on mount at base of the image: "Frau Aimée Israel freundschaftliche zugeignet Albert Einstein." A superbly detailed and richly toned portrait, showing the pensive seated Einstein in a shadowy void, one hand raised, the other at rest, perhaps atop the chair arm or his knee. The photographer has signed in pencil at the lower right.
The New York-born photographer Doris Ullmann, (1882-1934) studied photography with Clarence White (who also taught Margaret Bourke-White and Laura Gilpin) and became a professional photographer in 1918, mainly concentrating on portraiture. Most of her portraits of famous individuals were taken in her Park Avenue apartment, using only natural light. She is best remembered though, for later documentary portraits of Applachian craftsmen, destitute African-Americans and the American Shakers. Ullmann's evocative and unusual portrait of the great physicist, taken during Einstein's second visit to the United States, is quite rare, and this is the only inscribed print which has been offered in many years.