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Creator Name: Curtis, Edward S.
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1868 - 1952
Biography: Edward S. Curtis American, 1868 - 1952Edward Sheriff Curtis, born near White Water, Wisconsin, was a well-established commercial photographer before he undertook his best known work shortly before the turn of the century. Working first as photographer for the Edward H. Harriman expedition in Alaska (1899), he later secured the endorsement of Theodore Roosevelt and the support of J. P. Morgan for an extensive anthropological and photographic study of Native Americans. Curtis's work from 1906 -- 20 resulted in The North American Indian and eventually generated 40,000 negatives, of which 1,200 were presented in gravure form in the 20 volumes and 20 accompanying portfolios of his study. Although his intentions were anthropological and scholarl -- to preservethe appearance and customs of a dying race -- Curtis nevertheless was affected by the artistic styles of his time. His portraits and tableaux were often strongly pictorialist, as their presentation on imported papers and in rarefied media such as orotonewould suggest. His scientific aims were frequently undercut by a personal interpretation of his subjects, to whom he often supplied costumes and props. Time has proved Curtis, in this era of his career, equally an artist and an anthropologist. His later work in Los Angeles, which deserves further study, focused on Hollywood and the world of movies. T.W.F.
Creator Name-CRT: Edward S. Curtis
Title: Cañon de Chelly - Navajo
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1904
Creation End Date: 1904
Creation Date: 1904
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: platinum print
Dimensions: Image: 31.5cm x 41.8cm
Inscriptions: Written in black ink on recto: "Curtis [signed]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1987.182
Credit Line: Gift of Kathryn Arns May in memory of Mary Moore Arns
Copyright: Copyright ? E.S. Curtis
AMICA ID: CMA_.1987.182
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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