Special Project: Images from the William R. "Pictureman" Mullins Collection, 1935-55
William Richardson "Pictureman" Mullins was a commercial photographer who worked in eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia and Baltimore, MD. Though he did not set out to record the everyday life, heritage, and culture of southern Appalachia, Pictureman Mullins did just that. Alex Harris, former Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has said of the collection, "There were tens of thousands of these small town photographers at that time, and a small percentage of them were artists as well as photographers - and Mullins was one of them." The Appalshop Archive is in the midst of a project to digitize the 3600 negatives in this collection and make them digitally available.
A couple with 3 of their daughters
Interior of couple being married by preacher
Pound Gap from Kentucky side
Pound Gap from Virginia side
Portrait of couple with man sitting
Portrait of woman, adolescent and man holding dog.
Studio portrait of 3 men in suits
Portrait of a couple with their young son and f...
Woman in bed holding 2 infants, surrounded by h...
Two men posing in front of a building
Three people standing with an open casket
Portrait of older woman with cow
Exterior portrait of young man in hat
Studio portrait of 2 women in matching outfits
Portrait of family with multiple generations of...
Exterior portrait of large family, man holding ...