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Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952)
LOT ID: 72814
The Vanishing Race, 1904

Other, Goldtone / orotone
14 х 17 in. (35.56 x 43.18 cm.)
Signed, The signature in this photograph is made directly from a digital scan of Curtis' original signature.
Print/Casting Year 2008
Edition 41/250
Foundry/Publisher Christopher Cardozo Fine Art
Lot description
Artist: Edward S. Curtis
Title: "The Vanishing Race"
Negative Date: 1904
Print Date: 2008
Photographic Medium: Goldtone™
Image Size: 14" x 17"(35.6cm x 43.2cm)
Framed Size: 19" x 22"(48.2cm x 55.8cm)
Choice of contemporary or classic frame included.

The gallery retail for this photograph is $3,500
Auction Estimate: $3,000 - $3,200

Edition: 41/250
Note: Due to the unavailability of critical, propriety materials, we anticipate only being able to complete, on average, 15% - 20% of projected editions of the Goldtones.(Please note, with a small number of the most popular and iconic images we hope to complete 40% - 100% of the projected edition.)

The Vanishing Race - Navaho, 1904
The Vanishing Race was Curtis’ signature piece and was the visual metaphor for the core concept underlying Curtis’ entire thirty- year project i.e., that Native Americans, as a culture, at least, were vanishing and that it was Curtis’ over-arching goal to capture a record of them and their world before they disappeared forever. Curtis searched for an image to illustrate this idea for nearly four years before creating The Vanishing Race. A century ago, it was by far and away Curtis’ most popular single image. Today it still remains a highly sought after classic.

This Centennial Edition™ was created using a proprietary process invented by Cardozo Fine Art in 1998. The goldtone process is an extremely rare form of photographic printing and our Goldtones™ are created in strictly limited editions. Centennial Edition Goldtones™ are created exclusively from Curtis' original glass plate negatives and therefore are contemporary original prints, not reproductions. Goldtones™ are printed directly on a high quality optical glass which is coated with a rich, unique, and custom formulated emulsion. The exposed sensitized glass plates are processed with traditional photographic chemistry and then toned twice for superb archival permanence and a warm sepia tonality. Each Goldtone™ is then backed with multiple microfine layers of brilliant golden metallic particles and finally treated with an inert archival sealant. Goldtones™ have a luminosity and three-dimensionality that is unequaled by any other photographic medium. The complexity and expense of producing goldtones in Curtis’ day meant that he printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones. Each contemporary, limited edition Goldtone™ and frame are the result of over sixty separate, distinct steps. The frame, which is a beautiful handcrafted recreation of Curtis' vintage frames, is custom made of wood and various traditional materials. We are pleased to offer this unique American treasure to a new audience of discerning collectors.

Goldtone, or Orotone, was a process of producing photographic images on glass, with a gold metallic backing, and was pioneered by Edward S. Curtis 100 years ago. It was his most favored way of producing his photographic images. These limited edition Goldtones™, by Curtis Centennial Editions, are objects of extraordinary beauty and rarity. They have a luminosity that is unequaled by any other photographic art form. Cardozo Fine Art is proud to present an historic limited edition printing of Contemporary Master Goldtones™ of Edward S. Curtis' most beautiful and evocative images of North American Indians. The images chosen for the Contemporary Master Goldtones™ are a selection of the most moving images that Curtis created in his 30-year study of North American Indians and each finished, framed and numbered Goldtone™ is the result of over sixty separate and distinct steps.
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