Christopher Cardozo Fine Art / Edward Curtis

Cardozo Fine Art, St. Paul, MN

Printing images for our historic republication of The North American Indian

Printing images for our historic republication of The North American Indian

Keith in Christopher Cardozo Fine Art studio

Digital Image Mastering


Christopher Cardozo Fine Art (CCFA) Studio 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. 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 world-wide over the past decade alone.

Christopher Cardozo is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading expert in the work of Edward S. Curtis. Over the past forty-three years he has assembled the world’s most comprehensive collection of vintage original Curtis photographs. Mr. Cardozo is also a fine art photographer whose work with indigenous people is founds in many collections including the Museum of modern Art in New York. Cardozo is the author of two award-winning monographs on Edward S. Curtis: Sacred Legacy; Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian and Native Nations; First Americans as seen by Edward S. Curtis. He also has authored seven other titles on Edward Curtis. Cardozo has lectured on Curtis’ life and art for over thirty years.

For nearly two decades Cardozo Fine Art has also been committed to creating beautiful contemporary original photographs by Edward S. Curtis for exhibition and sale. In creating an unprecedented body of contemporary original Curtis photographs. These photographs are made by master photographic print-makers in the Cardozo Fine Art Studio. These two master printers have nearly twenty years of experience combined, of printing from Curtis’ negatives. The contemporary original prints they have produced have been purchased by individuals internationally and have been included in numerous one-person Curtis exhibitions throughout the world.

Peter Bernardy showing print examples during a studio tour

Peter Bernardy showing print examples during a studio tour

The first round of editing for our recently published book, Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

The first round of editing for our recently published book, Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

Christopher Cardozo Fine Art Studio Tour

Christopher Cardozo Fine Art Studio Tour

Christopher G. Cardozo | ©Larry Marcus, 2016



Christopher Cardozo is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on Edward S. Curtis. He is the author of nine monographs on Edward Curtis and has created and curated one-person Curtis exhibitions that have been seen in nearly one hundred venues, in over forty countries. Having collected Curtis’ artwork for four decades, Cardozo has created the worlds’ largest and most broad-ranging Curtis collection. No one has done more to increase the awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Curtis’ work than Cardozo, but Edward Curtis himself.

Cardozo discovered the work of Edward Curtis in 1973 after a friend saw Cardozo’s own sepia-toned photographs of indigenous people. Cardozo, who holds a BFA (Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude) in photography and film, is a widely exhibited photographer whose personal photographic work is in many public and private collections, including the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Cardozo, who also holds a Juris Doctor degree, has also lectured on the financial and legal aspects of owning works of art. He has lectured internationally on Curtis. His personal collection has been exhibited in major museums internationally and was the subject of the widely-heralded monograph on Curtis: Sacred Legacy; Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indian and a new monograph on his personal collection titled Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks.

Cardozo emphasizes to fact that this Sacred Legacy ® was co-created by Edward Curtis and nearly 10,000 Native people. It is obvious from the intimacy and power of the photographs, text, and sound recordings that the Native people were active co-creators and the end results clearly reflects their desires and perspectives

Playmates – Apsaroke, 1905

Educational and Community Outreach

The Multi-Disciplinary Education Project [2016 onward]

This project allows school children, adults, and Native people to create their own photographs of Curtis’ imagery, as well as photographs of themselves and their communities. We will provide cyanotype kits (negatives; cultural, biographical, historical and scientific information; pre-sensitized paper; and/or digital equipment). This project will engage students in explorations of science, history, art, photography, and culture. This has the potential to be instituted throughout the country.

Sacred Legacy® Programs

Educational Programs Inspired By the Work and Life of Edward Curtis

Some years ago I purchased a Curtis photograph … It struck me with such force that tears came to me eyes. I felt that I was looking into a memory in my blood. Curtis’ photographs comprehend indispensable images of every human being, at every time and place.
– N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer prize-winning Native American Author

Cardozo Fine Arts now offers unique, engaging, and compelling Sacred Legacy® educational programs that are inspired by work and life of famed photographer Edward Curtis.  The curriculum for each program can be customized for the respective audience.  Sacred Legacy® programs integrate modern technologies, current learning techniques, Native American wisdom, and the iconic artwork of Edward Curtis.  Our goal in each Sacred Legacy® session is to dramatically improve participants’ well-being and instill a renewed sense of wonder.

Curtis dedicated his life to his dream of photographing and preserving the lives, wisdom, and culture of eighty Native American tribal groups, working with them as partners to create this iconic treasure. Together, Curtis and his Native collaborators created connections across generations and cultures.  Curtis was able to capture Beauty, Heart and Spirit, which transcends the medium in which he worked.  Like Curtis, we have capable dreams and aspirations that inspire and motivate us. We all seek to discover, connect, and grow through relationships. Sacred Legacy®programs engage participants in expanding their horizons by creating their own legacy through exposure to art, music, science, history, and culture.

Sacred Legacy sessions and activities are experiential in nature.  In keeping with a holistic and multi-sensory approach, we will include activities that engage all the senses, and multiple intelligences, such as musical, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, and existential/spiritual. This will be done while taking multiple models of education and learning styles into account. Art and music feature prominently in our Sacred Legacy® programs, as do science, history, the environment and nature. Additionally, we will include Native American culture and art (with an emphasis on photography), and exploration of identity, family, community and spirituality. All of these connect to themes in both Curtis’ work and in our contemporary lives. All promote healing through the enrichment of communities, identity, and relationships.

We incorporate appropriate education models for the participants in Sacred Legacy® programs.  For our younger participants, we will use specific strategies for twenty-first-century learners. School-age youth often prefer working collaboratively in groups, enjoy using technology during the learning process, and respond best to open-ended questions that elicit their input and ideas.  The strong experiential, imaginative and storytelling components of the curriculum are designed for senior learners and those with memory or other cognitive issues. Program educators will utilize a network wherein experiences with and knowledge of leading the programs can be shared across the country.

All of the sessions can be presented as separate modules or as an integrated series across weeks or months. Certain customized curricula might be conceived over a longer cycle, so as to maintain the healing components of building and nurturing interpersonal relationships long term. Others, such as those to train the program leaders, could be structured for a short cycle of preparatory sessions. Sessions can range from one hour to several hours. Scheduling needs of the participants are taken into account.

The following individual modules are examples of sessions that can be enjoyed both independently and as part of various cycles; there are many others that could be developed.

Balance and variety are essential components of being happy and healthy. Key to our programs is the sacred legacy provided by Edward Curtis and the Native Americans.  The richness and diversity of that legacy allow us to engage people of all ages and backgrounds.  It inspires us to build relationships across generations and cultures. We have seen people touched by Curtis’ imagery on six continents: Native people, rural residents, urban dwellers, Ambassadors, educators, old and young.  The healing and inspiring power of these compelling images is the foundation and core of the Sacred Legacy®programs which we are now able to make available to you.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about how we might collaborate on delivery of a Sacred Legacy® program to your students, residents or groups.

Christopher Cardozo