The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
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Jason Reed, North Georgia Chairmaker
Doris Ulmann (American, 1882 - 1934)
Georgia, United States (Place Created)
20.1 × 15.4 cm (7 15/16 × 6 1/16 in.)
Doris Ulmann photographed woodcarvers, cabinetmakers, cobblers, and many other artisans as part of Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands, a book by Allan Eaton documenting craft traditions in the Appalachian Mountains. She made many images of the chairmaker Jason Reed, seen here holding a cane and seated on what is probably one of his own creations. Eaton described chairmaking as "rarely a full-time job, most who carry it on being farmers who fill in between the seasons of outdoor work."
While Ulmann's assignment was to show Reed at work, here she captured him at rest; in other images, she recorded him playing with his grandchildren. Ulmann's care in portraying all aspects of the man was consistent with her respect for her sitters and her interest in chronicling the culture of the American South.
Keller, Judith. In Focus: Doris Ulmann; Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996).