PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY THAT DOCUMENTED NATIVE AMERICANS
LOST WAYS OF LIFE
Published by BRAHMA105
November 29, 2012
The Early 1900s a photographer, Edward Curtis had a big idea: to capture on film the last remaining American-Indian tribes before their way of life disappeared.
Backed by President Theodore Roosevelt and funded by financier JP Morgan, the charismatic Curtis spent the next three decades circumnavigating the United States documenting the customs of more than 80 tribes.
Ultimately Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings and is credited with making the world's first documentary film.
In his book, 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis", author Timothy Egan follows the pioneering photographer's journey.
He reveals how Curtis' obsession cost him his marriage and left him penniless.
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