Goldtones – 150th Anniversary Edition

Classic, Luminous & Enduring

Canyon De Chelly –Navaho, 1904

Canyon De Chelly –Navaho, 1904
$3500 – $7500

Medicine Crow–Apsaroke, 1908

Medicine Crow – Apsaroke, 1908
$3500 – $5000

Flathead Camp on the Jocko River, 1910

Flathead Camp on the Jocko River, 1910
$3500 – $5000

The Vanishing Race,1904

The Vanishing Race, 1904
$3500 – $5000

The Rush Gatherer–Kutenai, 1910

Rush Gatherer – Kutenai, 1910
$3500 – $6500

Chief Joseph–Nez Perce, 1908

Chief Joseph – Nez Perce, 1908
$3500 – $5000

The Three Chiefs–Piegan, 1900
The Three Chiefs – Piegan, 1900
$3500 – $6500
Girl And Jar – San Ildefonso, 1905

Girl And Jar – San Ildefonso, 1905
$3500 – $5000

At the Old Well - Acoma, 1904

At the Old Well –  Acoma, 1904
$3500 – $5000

Crater Lake- Klamath – 1923

Crater Lake – Klamath, 1923
$3500 – $6500

An Oasis in the Badlands–Sioux, 1905

An Oasis in the Badlands–Sioux, 1905
$3500 – $6500

The Goldtone Process

The goldtone process is an extremely rare form of photographic printing and our Goldtones™ are created from Curtis’ original negatives in strictly limited editions. This 150th Anniversary Edition Goldtone was created with a proprietary process that was perfected by Cardozo Fine Art. Because we use only Curtis’ original negatives our Goldtones™ are “contemporary original prints”, not reproductions. The Goldtone, or “Orotone”, process was pioneered by Edward S. Curtis over 100 years ago and was his preferred way of producing his photographic images. Of the many processes Curtis worked in, goldtone is generally the most sought-after. Because of their complexity and expense, Curtis printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones. Each of our contemporary, limited edition Goldtones™ and frames are the result of over sixty separate, distinct steps. The “Classic” frame, which is a beautiful handcrafted recreation of Curtis’ vintage frames, is custom-made of wood and various traditional materials.

Our limited edition Goldtones™ are both rare and beautiful. They have a luminosity that is unequaled by any other photographic art form. For this historic limited edition printing of 150th Anniversary Goldtones we have chosen only Curtis’ most beautiful and evocative images. Each finished, framed and numbered Goldtone™ is the result of over sixty separate and distinct steps and generally exceed the goldtones produced by Curtis in their luminosity, permanence, and beauty.

Our Goldtones™ are printed on optical glass, coated with a rich, unique, and custom formulated emulsion. The optical glass plates are processed by hand 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 goldtone, or “Orotone”, process was pioneered by Edward S. Curtis over 100 years ago and was his preferred way of producing his photographic images. The complexity and expense of producing goldtones meant that Curtis printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones. Each of our contemporary, limited edition Goldtones™ and frames are the result of over sixty separate, distinct steps. The “Classic” frame, which is a beautiful handcrafted recreation of Curtis’ vintage frames, is custom-made of wood and various traditional materials.