Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Vanishing Race - NavahoEdward S. Curtis - Vanishing Race - NavahoEdward S. Curtis - Vanishing Race - Navaho
Title:
Vanishing Race - Navaho
Size:
11 x 14 inches
Medium:
Orotone on glass (goldtone)
Signed:
L/R
 
This image was captured in 1907, 1/3 of the way through the 1897 – 1927 project. No other photogravure makes this significant statement. When one understands the expansive nature of Edward Sheriff Curtis’ study and his focus on the character of the people, the evocative nature of this very image is felt as a story, not just another “snapshot” of Indians on horseback.

The importance of his documentation are the portraits from North American Indian life that capture the individual people groups, their character and their culture. “Vanishing Race” makes the statement for all.

Edward Curtis used this image to market his monumental project titled “The North American Indian”. This image is a cornerstone to Curtis’ oeuvre and any Edward Curtis collection.

Written by Curtis: "The thought which this picture is meant to convey is that the Indians as a race, already shorn in their tribal strength and stripped of their primitive dress, are passing into the darkness of an unknown future. Feeling that the picture expresses so much of the thought that inspired the entire work, the author has chosen it as the first of the series."
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