Edward S. Curtis

(1868 - 1952)

For thirty years, from about 1900 to 1930, Edward S. Curtis traveled the vast region west of the Mississippi armed with a variety of cameras. He made thousands of photographs of the more than 80 Native American tribes he sought out along the way.

His was a singular vision: to preserve in some way what he could plainly see was “a vanishing race.” From the tribes living under the relentless sun of the Southwest desert to those at home in the glacial Arctic, Curtis created some of the most memorable and haunting portraits ever made of Native Americans confronted by the twentieth century.

Curtis received funding for several of his expeditions from J. Pierpont Morgan. President Teddy Roosevelt wrote the foreword to the twenty-volume set of photogravures and texts that Curtis finally published by the end of his research. With a studio in Seattle, Curtis also sold a limited number of his goldtone photographs to help support his immense project. Today those goldtones remain some of the most striking and rare examples of his work, prized for both their aesthetic and ethnographic value.

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Shot in the Hand

Shot in the Hand

Edward S. Curtis

Mosa – Mohave

Mosa – Mohave

Edward S. Curtis

Bear’s Belly

Bear’s Belly

Edward S. Curtis


Kutenai Duck Hunter

Kutenai Duck Hunter

Edward S. Curtis


The Vanishing Race

The Vanishing Race

Edward S. Curtis

At the Old Well of Acoma

At the Old Well of Acoma

Edward S. Curtis

Joseph – Nez Perce

Joseph – Nez Perce

Edward S. Curtis


Before the Storm

Before the Storm

Edward S. Curtis

Cañon de Chelly, Navaho

Cañon de Chelly, Navaho

Edward S. Curtis


The Oath

The Oath

Edward S. Curtis

Homeward

Homeward

Edward S. Curtis

The Three Chiefs

The Three Chiefs

Edward S. Curtis


The Piki Maker

The Piki Maker

Edward S. Curtis


The Oath

The Oath

Edward S. Curtis

Cañon de Chelly, Navaho

Cañon de Chelly, Navaho

Edward S. Curtis

Hopi Snake Priest

Hopi Snake Priest

Edward S. Curtis


The Vanishing Race

The Vanishing Race

Edward S. Curtis

The Scout – Apache

The Scout – Apache

Edward S. Curtis

Wisham Fisherman

Wisham Fisherman

Edward S. Curtis


The Piki Maker

The Piki Maker

Edward S. Curtis

The Trout Stream, Hupa

The Trout Stream, Hupa

Edward S. Curtis

The Maid of Dreams

The Maid of Dreams

Edward S. Curtis