Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 283 Kashhila - Wishham border=
Title:
Plate 283 Kashhila - Wishham
Date:
1909
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Description by Edward S. Curtis: "This sturdy young fellow has little of the appearance of the Chinookan. In feature and in costume he recalls the plains Indian."

By using a solid background and shooting this portrait from the waist-up, Curtis is directing the viewer to focus solely on the Wisham sitter, specifically their expression and dress. In their youthful face, the mood is imperceptible and enigmatic with their relaxed features and gaze.
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