Original 1926 Edward S. Curtis Photogravure "A Piegan Woman" printed on Japanese tissue.
Item Number: 14208
Edward Sheriff Curtis
American Photograph famed for his photographs of Native Americans. Edward Sherrif Curtis began his career in Seattle as a portrait photographer in 1891. His dream, to document in text and photographs every Indian tribe west of the Mississippi, came to fruition throughout a fortunate encounter with a few men devoted to naturalism and ethnography whom he rescued from the peak of Mount Rainier in 1898. His portrait skills came to the attention of Theodore Roosevelt, whose children Curtis had photographed. Roosevelt lent his support to the project by arranging an introduction to a formidable patron, J.P. Morgan and personally authored the foreword to "The North American Indian" text. The project took 16 years longer than first projected exceeding the budget by nearly 1.4 million dollars. Curtis’ lifework was fraught with personal and financial sacrifice, yet it stands as a true labor of love that endures as a legacy to the heritage of the Nation. Curtis issued 20 volumes containing 1500 images from 1907 to 1930 and an additional 720 folio-sized images that were issued in 36 portfolios of 20 images apiece. The 20 volumes were limited to 500 copies, although only about 300 of these were ever bound and sold. The photographs were printed on a variety of paper types, and it has been speculated by experts that only about twenty percent were published on tissue paper, a kind of paper long held in high esteem by photographers for its capacity to reproduce subtle and nuanced gradations of tone, light and depth. The photograph we are offering is an original print (not a reprint or reproduction) that was removed from one of the original bound volumes. From Volume 18. Image date 1926. Image size 7-3/8"x5-1/2". Title, date and photographer's copyright are printed on the tissue below the image. Mounted to an overall size of 9-1/2"x12-1/2". Very good condition with slight foxing on the lower right corner of the tissue, not affecting the image.