Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868–1952), is best known for his spectacular documentary record of the Native American tribes in the first decades of the twentieth century. His portrayal of their ceremonies and daily work, mesmerizing close-up portraits, and majestic landscapes of the American West were intended to serve as an anthropological resource for a 'vanishing race'. However, Curtis's true success lies in his powerful collection of faces, time and place, and in photographs marked by their dramatic lighting, sensitivity and beauty.
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Hidden Likeness: Photographer Emmet Gowin at the Morgan