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Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952)
LOT ID: 77919
Quarter Length Portrait of a Young Indian Brave, 1904

Platinum Print
16 х 10.5 in. (40.64 x 26.67 cm.)
Signed, lower right 'Curtis'
Print/Casting Year 1904
Lot description
Edward S. Curtis, a professional photographer in Seattle, devoted his life to documenting what was perceived to be a vanishing race. His monumental publication The North American Indian presented to the public an extensive ethnographical study of numerous tribes, and his photographs remain memorable icons of the American Indian.

Curtis is best known for The North American Indians project, in which he photographically documented over 80 North American Indian tribes. The project, published between 1904 and 1928, was comprised of twenty book volumes and twenty portfolios. A total of 2226 photographs were taken by Edward S. Curtis for his work, The North American Indian. Included are images of tribes from Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.

By the early 20th century, American Indian nations and people were largely viewed by scholars, government officials and the public at large as a vanishing race. It was within the context of this mythology that Curtis took these photos, and his doing so contributed in no small way to the continued pervasive presence of the myth of the vanishing race in American society even into the present time.
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Quarter Length Portrait of a Young Indian Brave by Edward Sheriff Curtis
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