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LIMITED-EDITION GOLDTONES

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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.

Canyon de Chelly – Navaho, 1904

  • Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “chay”, after the Navaho “Ta Sh_”) was one of the most sacred places for the Navaho and remains so to this day.  It is located in Northeastern Arizona in the heart of Navaho country.  Of Curtis’ 50,000 negatives this is considered to be one of his ten most important and powerful.  The insignificance of man relative to nature is clearly illustrated through the sheer size (approximately 1,000 feet high) of enduring cliff formations that surround the riders.  Canyon de Chelly is regarded as Curtis’ single most popular goldtone today and the contemporary Goldtone captures the subtleties and richness of the original negative in a way that was impossible a hundred years ago.

    14″ x 17″ – $3500
    18″ x 22″ – $8500

 

The Rush Gatherer – Kutenai, 1910

  • Photographed in 1910
  • Taken on Flathead Lake in Northern Montana and the Native American pictured is from the Kutenai tribe. The Kutenai were semi-nomadic and occupied portions of southeastern British Columbia, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana, moving seasonally to follow food sources
  • Produced using the original glass plate negative, and Curtis’ preferred print process
  • Luminosity and three-dimensionality, unequaled by any other photographic medium
  • Limited edition with a certificate of authenticity
  • Available in two sizes
  • Select from two frame options
  • Ready to hang

14″ x 17″ – $3500
18″ x 22″ – $7500

Chief Joseph, 1903

  • Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce is still widely considered to be one of the most important and noble tribal leaders of the 19th century. He became close friends with Edward Curtis and this friendship was critical in Curtis’ later success in gaining the trust of numerous other tribes.  Joseph’s pride and nobility and the tragedies that he and his people suffered are all evident on his face.  After eluding the U.S. Calvary for nearly two years he was finally subdued and there upon uttered his famous words, “I will fight no more forever…”  This image is extremely rare as a vintage goldtone and an 11 x 14” example sold in 2001 for over $60,000.
    • Photographed in 1903
    • Produced using the original glass plate negative, and Curtis’ preferred print process
    • Luminosity and three-dimensionality, unequaled by any other photographic medium
    • Limited edition with a certificate of authenticity
    • Available in two sizes
    • Select from two frame options
    • Ready to hang

    14″ x 17″ – $3500
    18″ x 22″ – $6500

Medicine Crow, 1908

Medicine Crow is a classic Northern Plains male portrait. Medicine Crow was an Apsaroke warrior from Montana. Curtis was particularly fond of the Apsaroke people as their culture was still largely intact and they were fierce warriors and a proud people. The hawk fastened to Medicine Crow’s head is illustrative of the manner of wearing the symbol of one’s tutelary spirit. The Apsaroke believed that all success in life was attributed to one’s spirit guardian and that it inhabited only the soul of a worthy person.

  • Photographed in 1908
  • Produced using the original glass plate negative, and Curtis’ preferred print process
  • Luminosity and three-dimensionality, unequaled by any other photographic medium
  • Limited edition with a certificate of authenticity
  • Available in two sizes
  • Select from two frame options
  • Ready to hang
  • 14″ x 17″ – $3500
    18″ x 22″ – $5000

The Three Chiefs, 1900

The Three Chiefs is undoubtedly the single most important of Curtis’ 50,000 photographic images. The photograph was made in the summer of 1900 and is the key image from that critical, watershed experience in Curtis’ life. It was during this short field trip to Montana with noted ethnographer George Bird Grinnell that Curtis first encountered Native Americans whose culture was still largely intact and who were also willing to share their religion, mythology, and personal lives with him. This brief experience ignited Curtis’ passion to preserve a comprehensive record of Native American life. This two-week experience inalterably changed Curtis and his life was never the same again. It is said that in making this image of three tribal leaders in their traditional garb on a typical upland prairie that Curtis spent three days looking for the perfect combination of riders, sky, and prairie.

  • Photographed in 1900
  • Produced using the original glass plate negative, and Curtis’ preferred print process
  • Luminosity and three-dimensionality, unequaled by any other photographic medium
  • Limited edition with a certificate of authenticity
  • Available in two sizes
  • Select from two frame options
  • Ready to hang

14″ x 17″ – $3500
18″ x 22″ – $7500

Oasis in the Badlands, 1905

This classic Curtis image was made in the heart of the Bad Lands of South Dakota. The subject is Red Hawk who was born 1854 and was a fierce warrior who ultimately engaged in 20 battles, including the Custer fight in 1876. This lyrical image is widely considered to be Curtis’ most important and beautiful Great Plains peopled landscape. Curtis loved the visual and metaphorical qualities of water, and the goldtone, more than any other photographic medium, conveys the beauty of water as an aesthetic element. The compelling composition and subject matter have helped keep this, one of Curtis’ most sought after images compelling nearly one hundred years after it was made.

  • Photographed in 1905
  • Produced using the original glass plate negative, and Curtis’ preferred print process
  • Luminosity and three-dimensionality, unequaled by any other photographic medium
  • Limited edition with a certificate of authenticity
  • Available in two sizes
  • Select from two frame options
  • Ready to hang

14″ x 17″ – $3500
18″ x 22″ – $7500

   Son of The Desert, 1904

  • Photographed in 1904
  • Widely regarded as one of Curtis’ most compelling portraits of a young Navaho boy
  • Produced using the original glass plate negative, and Curtis’ preferred print process
  • Luminosity and three-dimensionality, unequaled by any other photographic medium
  • Limited edition with a certificate of authenticity
  • Available in two sizes
  • Select from two frame options
  • Ready to hang

    14″ x 17″ – $3500
    18″ x 22″ – $5500