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  1. 1. Edward S. Curtis By Emory Lewman
  2. 2. Edward S. Curtis <ul><li>He was born February 16, 1868-1952 </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Whitewater, Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>His father was a minister </li></ul>
  3. 3. Early Life <ul><li>Edward had early aspirations of becoming a photographer </li></ul><ul><li>- He dropped out of school in middle school and soon built his own camera </li></ul><ul><li>At the age of 17 he became a apprentice </li></ul><ul><li>He had 4 children </li></ul><ul><li>And his first portrait was of Kicksomolo, a native American princess </li></ul>
  4. 4. Later Life <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>After years of his work he went through a brutal divorce with his wife where she took all his prints </li></ul><ul><li>He became so poor that he had to sell his rights to his films to his own son </li></ul>
  5. 5. Accomplishments <ul><ul><li>Curtis is best known for his photo-documentation of Amerindians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-But often he depicted their culture and artifacts wrongly as props </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He was attempting to preserve the vanishing culture and life style of native Americans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 1914 Curtis even made a feature film In the Land of Head Hunters, based on the North west Coast tribe, the Kwakiatl </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Edward S. Curtis’s Inspiration <ul><li>Curtis was interested in photography at an early age </li></ul><ul><li>He dropped out of school in 6 th grade to make his own camera </li></ul><ul><li>He quickly became an apprentice, this was at age 18 </li></ul><ul><li>He served as an apprentice in St. Paul, Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>He soon became a partner in an existing photographic studio with Rasmus Rothi </li></ul>
  7. 7. Inspiration <ul><li>Curtis was intrigued by the disappearing culture of the American Indians and he attempted to capture all of it </li></ul><ul><li>Curtis said he wanted &quot;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.&quot; </li></ul>
  8. 8. Inspiration <ul><li>He worked mostly alone as he traveled through out North America documenting their lives </li></ul><ul><li>He successfully recorded their life but he sometimes portrayed the Indians in a stereotypical way </li></ul><ul><li>The artist Curtis was an apprentice to really inspired him </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Published in 1907 </li></ul><ul><li>Quilcene Boy </li></ul>
  10. 10. Canyon de Chelly
  11. 11. Description of Canyon de Chelly <ul><li>7 American Indians on horse back are traveling across the open land. </li></ul><ul><li>The Indians appear very small in comparison to the gigantic canyon cliffs. </li></ul><ul><li>They travel across open untouched land </li></ul>
  12. 12. Analysis of Canyon de Chelley <ul><li>In this photo the element of space and repetition is used </li></ul><ul><li>The same 7 figures are repeated through the picture </li></ul><ul><li>And contrast of the tiny figures to the canyon </li></ul>
  13. 13. Interpretation of Canyon de Chelly <ul><li>In this picture Curtis is trying to convey the vanishing culture of the Native Americans </li></ul><ul><li>As they walk through the barren canyon it reflects their disappearance and withering life style </li></ul><ul><li>And their lonely silhouettes send the viewer back to the days when the Indians lived alone on the American soil </li></ul>
  14. 14. Judgment of Canyon de Chelly <ul><li>Canyon de Chelly is one of my favorite photos that Curtis took. </li></ul><ul><li>The picture is beautiful yet bitter, it reminds me of how beautiful the earth was untouched by civilization </li></ul><ul><li>I find this to be one of his most moving photos </li></ul>
  15. 16. Hopi, Watching the Dancers <ul><li>American Arizona, 1906 </li></ul><ul><li>Gelatin Silver Print </li></ul><ul><li>7 3/4 x 5 13/16 in </li></ul>
  16. 18. The Eclipse Dance <ul><li>American, 1910 – 1914 </li></ul><ul><li>Gelatin silver print </li></ul><ul><li>5 9/16 x 8 in. </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Hupa Mother and Child </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Family Group-Noatak </li></ul><ul><li>1930 </li></ul>
  19. 21. Question <ul><li>Where was Curtis born? </li></ul><ul><li>London </li></ul><ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin </li></ul>
  20. 22. Questions <ul><li>How did his Indian photographing career start? </li></ul><ul><li>He had an Indian step sister </li></ul><ul><li>He photographed an indian princess </li></ul><ul><li>He actually took pictures of bugs </li></ul>
  21. 23. Question <ul><li>True or False, Curtis lived his whole life happily married? </li></ul><ul><li>True </li></ul><ul><li>False </li></ul>
  22. 24. Bibliography <ul><li> %26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=6C9ATYimA4rWgQf338n1Ag </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul>