Rush Gatherer – Kutenai, 1910

"It’s such a big dream, I can’t see it all." — Edward Sheriff Curtis

THESE WORDS MAY HAVE BEEN THE MOST PROFOUND EDWARD CURTIS EVER WROTE. They were addressed to noted anthropologist George Bird Grinnell over one hundred years ago, shortly after what was to be the defining experience of Curtis' life. In the summer of 1900, Curtis first encountered American Indian culture in a state relatively unaltered by contact with Europeans. He witnessed one of the last performances of the Sun Dance ceremony and was given access to the sacred lives of numerous American Indians. The coalescence of these three events created a profound shock wave that affected the very foundation of Curtis' life, his values, and his beliefs. Having become deeply impassioned by the power and dignity of the American Indian, Curtis began to realize for the first time that he might create a record preserving the history of these magnificent people and their extraordinary culture. In the same letter to Grinnell, Curtis went on to say, "But I can start and sell prints of my pictures as I go along. I'm a poor man, but I've got my health, plenty of steam, and something to work for." Curtis was thirty-two years old, with a family and a thriving business. His willingness to put at risk everything he had worked for up until then is a testament to his enlightened view of humanity, the strength of his individualism, and his creative genius.

Christopher Cardozo Fine Art

has been the leading source for the artwork of Edward S. Curtis for over forty years. During that time it has consistently maintained the world’s largest selection of rare, vintage original Curtis photographs for sale. Cardozo Fine Art has also created the most extensive exhibition program of Curtis photography in history.

GOLDTONES | 150th Anniversary Edition 

Our Goldtones are amazingly beautiful, luminous works of art.
This extremely rare form of photographic printing is created from Curtis’ original negatives.
All are strictly limited editions.

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Canyon de Chelly – Navajo, 1904

Our Vintage Collection

The Three Chiefs, 1900 | From the Sacred Legacy Collection, featured in the award-winning book, The Sacred Legacy

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