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 (CCFA)
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 inventory of rare, vintage original Curtis photographs for sale. Cardozo Fine Art has also created the most expensive exhibition program of Curtis photography in history. It is estimated that CCFA/Curtis exhibitions have been seen by more people around the world then all previous Curtis exhibitions combined. These exhibitions have been seen in over forty countries and on every continent but Antarctica. It is estimated that through its books, exhibitions, lectures, and its gallery, CCFA has brought Curtis to well over 10 million people worldwide over the past decade alone.
For the past two decades, Cardozo Fine Art has also been very involved in the creation of contemporary original photographs by Edward S. Curtis. Cardozo Fine Art with the assistance of many individuals and companies has succeeded in creating an unprecedented body of contemporary original Curtis photographs. These photographs are made by master photographic printmakers in the Cardozo Fine Art Studio. These two master printers have nearly 40 years of experience combined, of printing from Curtis’ negatives. The contemporary original prints they have produced have been purchased by individuals internationally have been included in numerous one-person Curtis exhibitions throughout the world.
COLLECT EDWARD CURTIS
A Son of the Desert – Navaho, 1904
Qahatika Girl, 1907