Edward Sheriff Curtis

Joanna Cohan Scherer
128 pages
56 B&W illustrations
1.5 x 10 inches

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, his mesmerizing close-up portraits, and his majestic landscapes of the American West were intended to serve as an anthropological resource on a “vanishing race.” Curtis's success lies in his powerful photographs marked by their dramatic lighting, sensitivity and beauty, many of which are shown here.