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Curtis was asked to ake a picture of an Indian princess and his photograph was liked so much by historians they asked him to document Indians with them
After years of his work he went through a brutal divorce with his wife where she took all his prints
He became so poor that he had to sell his rights to his films to his own son
Curtis is best known for his photo-documentation of Amerindians
-But often he depicted their culture and artifacts wrongly as props
He was attempting to preserve the vanishing culture and life style of native Americans
In 1914 Curtis even made a feature film In the Land of Head Hunters, based on the North west Coast tribe, the Kwakiatl
Edward S. Curtis’s Inspiration
Curtis was interested in photography at an early age
He dropped out of school in 6 th grade to make his own camera
He quickly became an apprentice, this was at age 18
He served as an apprentice in St. Paul, Minnesota
He soon became a partner in an existing photographic studio with Rasmus Rothi
Curtis was intrigued by the disappearing culture of the American Indians and he attempted to capture all of it
Curtis said he wanted "to form a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their...customs and traditions."
He worked mostly alone as he traveled through out North America documenting their lives
He successfully recorded their life but he sometimes portrayed the Indians in a stereotypical way
The artist Curtis was an apprentice to really inspired him
Published in 1907
Canyon de Chelly
Description of Canyon de Chelly
7 American Indians on horse back are traveling across the open land.
The Indians appear very small in comparison to the gigantic canyon cliffs.
They travel across open untouched land
Analysis of Canyon de Chelley
In this photo the element of space and repetition is used
The same 7 figures are repeated through the picture
And contrast of the tiny figures to the canyon
Interpretation of Canyon de Chelly
In this picture Curtis is trying to convey the vanishing culture of the Native Americans
As they walk through the barren canyon it reflects their disappearance and withering life style
And their lonely silhouettes send the viewer back to the days when the Indians lived alone on the American soil
Judgment of Canyon de Chelly
Canyon de Chelly is one of my favorite photos that Curtis took.
The picture is beautiful yet bitter, it reminds me of how beautiful the earth was untouched by civilization
I find this to be one of his most moving photos
Hopi, Watching the Dancers
American Arizona, 1906
Gelatin Silver Print
7 3/4 x 5 13/16 in
The Eclipse Dance
American, 1910 – 1914
Gelatin silver print
5 9/16 x 8 in.
Hupa Mother and Child
Where was Curtis born?
How did his Indian photographing career start?
He had an Indian step sister
He photographed an indian princess
He actually took pictures of bugs
True or False, Curtis lived his whole life happily married?