The Three Chiefs – Archival Print


The Three Chiefs is often cited as the single most important image in Edward Curtis’ body of over 50,000 photographs.  The Three Chiefs is the iconic image from a watershed experience in Curtis’ life that ignited his passion to preserve a comprehensive record of Native American life. In the summer of 1900, Curtis took a brief field trip to Montana with noted ethnographer George Bird Grinnell. During this trip Curtis first encountered Native Americans whose culture was still largely intact and who were willing to share their religion, mythology, and personal lives with him. Curtis spent three days looking for the perfect combination of riders, sky, and prairie to make this image of Blackfoot tribal leaders in their traditional garments.

Available in 11 x 14″ and 16 x 20″

SKU: N/A Category:


Our quoted dimensions are for the paper size, not the printed image itself.

For ethical and aesthetic reasons, we do not crop or alter the aspect ratio of Curtis’ original images. All of our prints have a minimum border of 1 inch to allow for safe handling and framing. For instance, an 11” x 14” print of An Oasis in the Badlands will have an image size of 10-3/8” x 12

Photographed in 1900, the image was created using a high-resolution scan from an original Curtis photogravure. Prior to scanning, the vintage photogravure was professionally conserved to restore the print to its original appearance. After conservation the images are prepared and optimized for printing with pigment-based inks and 100% cotton paper to ensure archival stability and quality that aligns with Curtis’ original intent.

Prior to shipping, the team at Cardozo Fine Art inspects each print and creates an individual Certificate of Authenticity. Each shipment is carefully packed to ensure it will arrive in excellent condition. Please allow up to 10 days from receipt of the order to shipping.   We will notify you when your order has shipped.

Additional information

Print Size

11×14, 16×20, 20×24, 30×40