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Edward S. Curtis Art

American, 1868-1952

Edward S. Curtis is arguably the most influential photographer of the American West. His work unquestionably ranks among that of the most important photographers of the 20th century.

Curtis was first and foremost; an extremely gifted and sophisticated artist whose work had the duality of being an incredible artistic creation at the same time as being a document of a people. He was uniquely able to create, out of whole cloth, a lasting vision of the American Indian that never existed before it was first seen through his photographic lens.

Edward Curtis produced images of the American Indian that convey a dignity, a universal humanity and a certain remaining majesty that transcend literally all other work ever done on the subject. In his photographs we see images that are uniquely able to stand alone in the world of photography.

Beginning in 1898 and continuing through 1928, Curtis dedicated his life to documenting the traditional lifeways and cultures of 128 American Indian tribes living west of the Mississippi River, from Alaska to the Mexican border.

Curtis was a genius of an artist possessed by a singular obsession to preserve the traditional lifeways of the American Indian.

Astonishingly, focusing all his immense talents over a staggering 30-year period, Curtis accomplished what he set out to do; he did save the traditional lifeways of these Native Peoples but at tremendous personal cost. It cost him his marriage, it cost him his health, and it cost him any possible financial stability he might ever have had.

In spite of all this, he persevered and left a body of work never to be equaled in the field of photography.

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(Biography provided by Bruce Kapson Gallery)

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In A Piegan Lodge
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis In A Piegan Lodge, 1910 Photogravure Print Large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 6, Plate # 188, The North American Indian, on Holland Van Gelder pa...
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Flathead Camp On The Jocko River
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Cheyenne - F6
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Hopi Weaver
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Offering To The Sun - San Ildefonso
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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The Scout - Apache
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Piegan Dandy
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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The Potter
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Offering To The Sun - San Ildefonso
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Canyon de Chelly - Navaho
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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A Walpi Man
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Whaling Crew - Cape Prince of Wales, pl. 709
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Photogravure on Holland Van Gelder tissue Known for his remarkable documen...
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Launching the Whaleboat - Cape Prince of Wales, pl. 707
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Photogravure on Holland Van Gelder tissue Known for his remarkable documen...
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Startug up the Noatak River - Kotzebue, pl. 712
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Tissue gravure Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans ...
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Yokuts Basketry Designs (B), pl. 503
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans in the early tw...
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Tesuque Buffalo Dancers, pl. 600
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans in the early tw...
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San Ildefonso Pottery, pl. 587
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans in the early tw...
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The Sentinel - San Ildefonso, pl. 580
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews & Son on recto. Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans in the early ...
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Gathering Wokas - Klamath, pl. 460
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews & Son on recto
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