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  • 1. Edward S. Curtis By Emory Lewman
  • 2. Edward S. Curtis
    • He was born February 16, 1868-1952
    • Born in Whitewater, Wisconsin
    • His father was a minister
  • 3. Early Life
    • Edward had early aspirations of becoming a photographer
    • - He dropped out of school in middle school and soon built his own camera
    • At the age of 17 he became a apprentice
    • He had 4 children
    • And his first portrait was of Kicksomolo, a native American princess
  • 4. Later Life
    • 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
  • 5. Accomplishments
      • 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Inspiration
    • 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."
  • 8. Inspiration
    • 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
  • 9.
    • Published in 1907
    • Quilcene Boy
  • 10. Canyon de Chelly
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15.  
  • 16. Hopi, Watching the Dancers
    • American Arizona, 1906
    • Gelatin Silver Print
    • 7 3/4 x 5 13/16 in
  • 17.  
  • 18. The Eclipse Dance
    • American, 1910 – 1914
    • Gelatin silver print
    • 5 9/16 x 8 in.
  • 19.
    • 1924
    • Hupa Mother and Child
  • 20.
    • Family Group-Noatak
    • 1930
  • 21. Question
    • Where was Curtis born?
    • London
    • France
    • Wisconsin
  • 22. Questions
    • How did his Indian photographing career start?
    • He had an Indian step sister
    • He photographed an indian princess
    • He actually took pictures of bugs
  • 23. Question
    • True or False, Curtis lived his whole life happily married?
    • True
    • False
  • 24. Bibliography
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