The Plains Indian Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

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The traditional cultures of the Indians of the Great Plains—Lakotas, Cheyennes, Wichitas, Arikaras, Crows, Osages, Assiniboins, Comanches, Crees, and Mandans, among others—are recalled in stunning detail in this collection of photographs by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952). Curtis is the best-known photographer of Native Americans because of his monumental work, The North American Indian (1907–1930), which consists of twenty portfolios of large photogravures and twenty volumes of text on more than eighty Indian groups in the West. He took pictures of Plains Indians for over twenty years, and his photographs reflect both prevailing attitudes about Indians and Curtis's own vision of differences among the Native peoples whom he photographed. Curtis's photographs have exerted an enduring influence—both positive and negative—on mainstream American culture. They have inspired countless books, articles, and photographic exhibitions, and they continue to appear on posters, postcards, and other souvenirs. Accompanying the remarkable array of images in this book are essays by leading scholars that place the photographs within their proper critical, cultural, and historical contexts. The scholars contributing to this work are Martha H. Kennedy, Martha A. Sandweiss, Mick Gidley, and Duane Niatum.

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Curtis, the preeminent photographer of North American Indians, was born in 1868 and died in virtual obscurity in 1952, after taking more than 40,000 photos. Over the course of more than two decades (1907-30), he published 20 legendary portfolios of 80 Indian tribes that were reproduced by Taschen in one volume in 1997. Essays by four scholars complement the 91 photographs--with Curtis' own captions--in this striking book. Here are Indian chiefs, warriors and scouts, sun dancers, a young Sioux woman in deerskin, an Assiniboin mother and child, a Cree girl, and an Apsaroke medicine tepee. Martha Kennedy's introduction offers a historical background to Curtis' life and work. One essay places Curtis' photographs in their cultural context; another discusses the magnitude of his work--its scale, duration, and complexity. Yet another essay focuses on what the writer calls the photographer's aesthetic impulse and the ways he used the camera to accomplish his artistic ambitions. This book is a major addition to the countless works on Curtis. George Cohen
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Famous, iconic and oft-maligned, The Plains Indians Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, taken in the early 20th century, are here winnowed to a tiny fraction of their bulk and considered within their artistic and cultural contexts by scholars Martha H. Kennedy, Martha A. Sandweiss, Mick Gidley and Duane Niatum. However one feels about Curtis's project, it's hard not to be impressed by its scope: The North American Indian, which constitutes about one-third of his total oeuvre, consists of 20 volumes of large photogravures and 20 volumes of illustrated text on more than 80 tribal groups which the 91 photos here can only begin to suggest. Kennedy notes "a widespread tendency to regard Plains Indians as representative... of all American Indians." Sandweiss describes how Curtis conceived of himself "as the Herodotus of a dying race" in his systematic cataloguing of his subjects.

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