6 years ago

A timeless document of North American Indians by photographer Edward Curtis.

American ethnologist and photographer Edward Curtis undertook one of the greatest photographic odysseys ever when he set out to document North American Indians in the early 20th century. Today his work fetches record prices but he died in obscurity (Source TheEconomist).

An eloquent witness

Watch the beautifully made video essay from American author and journalist Timothy Egan who wrote the bio on Edward Curtis called Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. 

“A vivid exploration of one man’s lifelong obsession with an idea … Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” — Washington Post

order book here, and Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks Hardcover here. 

“Offers an extraordinary experience of living history. It cannot be praised enough.”

Said Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Gray Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University about the doc. “Coming to Light.”

Edward Curtis is one of the those american legends that with Anne Makepeace beautifully directed film “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians” simply changes the way you see America…

Order the DVD here

Speaking of documentaries that will change the way you see America. I highly recommend the epic 1990 14hr (seven-part) PBS America television documentary miniseries “The War” (Preview) (Extended Preview), this from 2x Nominated Oscar Best Documentary director Ken Burns.

These 10 Documentaries Will Change How You See America

Read more here.

All Edward Curtis photographs courtesy of Christopher Cardozo Fine Art.