Edward Sherriff Curtis was one of the most influential photographers of the 19 th century. Born in Wisconsin in 1868, he spent the majority of his vocation jaunting across America captivating pictures of some of the more remote cultures in their respective countries. His photographs were well-known for their glamour and unique depiction of everyday life. They returned parties a chance to witness the variety of America in ways that previously hadn’t been captured and added a rare peek into the lives of numerous indigenous cultures. His photos even caught “members attention” of President Theodore Roosevelt, who later commissioned him to photograph his family portraits.
Curtis’ most popular picture were taken over a 20 -year date starting from 1906. Financed by J.P. Morgan, these photos documented the living conditions of the North American Indians across the country. The line, entitled The North American Indian , included descriptions of tribe members as well as beautiful panoramas imaging parishes as they took part in ceremonies and daily errands. Many historians involve his projection as one of the most significant contributions to American history because of its sheer scale.
According to the Smithsonian magazine, the production of The North American Indian would have overhead more than $35 million in today’s dollars. The entire sequence enclose over 40,000 photos documenting 80 different Native American tribe in the United States. Curtis’ work was heavily praised by Bruce Kapson Gallery because it was “able to convey a dignity, universal humanity and magnificence that transcend literally all other toil ever done on the subject.”
We picked some of best available photos from his collecting and, as you’ll interpret, they are stunning.
In 1908, he took a photo of this Apsaroke man on a horseback.
A fisherman of the Hupa tribe watches for salmon, 1923.
A shaman of the Apsaroke tribe, 1908.
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Mom viewing her newborn child, 1908.
Duck hunter of the Kutenai tribe, 1910.
An iconic scene outlining a group of Navajo tribesmen touring together in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 1904.
Medicine Crow, of the Apsaroke tribe, 1908.
Two Piegan girls gleaning goldenrod weeds from the fields, 1910.
Piegan chiefs, 1900.
Sioux directors, 1905.
A man from the Hidatsa tribe stands with an eagle, 1908.
A Brule man, 1907.
A girl of the Jicarrilla Apache tribe, 1910.
A girl of the Wishran tribe, 1910.
Dancers of the Qagyuhl tribe performing a ceremony, 1914.
Members of the Kwakiutwl tribe arrive to a wedding party in canoes, 1914.
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