[Black Woman in Cap and Gingham Dress]

Doris Ulmann1929 - 1930

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Doris Ulmann's photographs of Southern black people often seem to idealize their subjects. In the 1920s and 1930s, Ulmann, a woman of means from New York, documented what she perceived to be a vanishing black culture. The woman is posed with her hands in her lap, her lips pursed, and her bespectacled eyes gazing directly at the viewer. While her gingham-checked dress and striped cap are quite lively, her demeanor is calm. Ulmann's sensitive study depicts a woman who, though very different from herself, was equally dignified.

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  • Title: [Black Woman in Cap and Gingham Dress]
  • Creator: Doris Ulmann
  • Date: 1929 - 1930
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.5 x 15.7 cm (8 1/16 x 6 3/16 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
  • Signature: Signed ro. mount in pencil.
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XP.208.148
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Insc. vo. mount in red pencil: "394".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs