Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis
U of Nebraska Press, Sep 29, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 132 pages
When the twentieth century was just getting under way, Edward S. Curtis began documenting North Amencan Indian culture in words and photographs. Today, almost one hundred years later, his work still stands as the most extensive and informative collection of its kind. His photographs are more than mere documents, they are works of art revealing subtleties of human expression missing from other history and anthropology records. For thirty years, Curtis devoted himself to compiling The North American Indian, twenty volumes of text and oversized photogravure plates. This was a largely unprofitable project, and Curtis sacrificed his family life and his health to make lengthy visits to American Indian communities throughout the western United States and Canada. Filled with Curtis's breathtaking photographs, Shadow Catcher traces Curtis's life and work from his boyhood in Wisconsin, through his first photo expedition to Alaska in 1897 and the completion of The North American Indian collection in 1930, to his death in 1952.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Abbess - LibraryThing
Quick read, with fast-moving biography of the great photographer's life, and some of his beautiful and often illuminating photographs, but this is barely a sip at his work. A nice book for beginning ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
This is a good, well illustrated book that is intended for young adults, but is also good for adults who want more than a Wikipedia or encyclopedia article, but less that a full biography. It is also ... Read full review