[Grace Combs, Hindman, Kentucky]

Doris Ulmannabout 1928–1934

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

"They all want to go and dress up," Doris Ulmann said of the subjects she preferred to photograph in their day-to-day clothing and habitat. Grace Combs appears to be one of those sitters who wanted to be shown in stylish pose and costume, but she may also have been one of a number of Hindman Settlement School students Ulmann chose to portray for their youthful attractiveness and desire to be as current as their meager resources would allow. The University of Oregon proof-print albums reveal that at this session Ulmann made quite a few pictures of Combs, with and without her gloves and hat, seated, and in close up, all capturing her naturally seductive gaze. Combs was no doubt related to the first graduate of Hindman, Josiah H. Combs, who, in the mid-1920s, completed a dissertation for the

Sorbonne on folk songs of the middle United States.

Judith Keller. Doris Ulmann, In Focus: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), 72. ©1996, J. Paul Getty Trust.


  • Title: [Grace Combs, Hindman, Kentucky]
  • Creator: Doris Ulmann
  • Date Created: about 1928–1934
  • Location Created: Hindman, Kentucky, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.2 × 14.9 cm (7 15/16 × 5 7/8 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.89.78
  • 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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