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These photographs were created by Edward Curtis between 1899–1930. Christopher Cardozo Fine Art has the world’s largest inventory of both original vintage and contemporary photographs by Edward Curtis.
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  • J.P. Morgan committed to financing for five years stipulating it must be the finest publishing project ever undertaken in America.
  • Done on a choice of 3 handmade, imported, etching stock.
  • Done as photogravures: a marriage of photography and etching, the “Rolls Royce” of photo printing techniques.
  • Teddy Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan “championed” the project. Teddy wrote the letter of introduction to Morgan.
  • Sepia toned photogravures give an uncommon warmth and softness.
  • Curtis used elements of the pictorialism movement in creating fine art photographs. Elements of classic composition, and light and shadow, soft focus with camera and photogravure process.
  • Curtis was trusted and respected by the three great chiefs, Red Cloud, Geronimo, and Joseph enabling him to capture more candidly their tribe’s way of life. This was a key mode of introduction to other tribes. Tribes actively competed to have him come and visit their tribe first.

A Zuni Woman, 1903

Portfolio XVII PLATE 614

This classic Curtis portrait is as unusual as it is striking. Its apparent simplicity and symmetry belie a complex and powerful image. The woman is carrying a stunning food vessel, as would be done for a feast after a ceremonial ritual. The stylized animal figures are typical of Zuni pottery, which in this case is supported on her head by a woven yucca ring. Today the Zuni are world-famous for their beautiful pottery, which is collected internationally.

This vintage vellum photogravure is in overall excellent condition. There are two minor handling creases, visible only upon close inspection, not affecting the image itself. This original photogravure is printed on Japanese Vellum. This is an expensive handmade paper specifically selected by Curtis and J.P. Morgan for Curtis’ North American Indian project and noted for its smooth surface and fine resolution. The Vellum stock, produced one hundred years ago, is very resistant to contamination and damage and rarely requires conservation.

18 x 14″ [image size]
22 x 18″ [paper size]

Ogalala Girls, 1907
Portfolio III – Plate 96


As a rule, the women of the plains tribes are natural horsewomen, and their skill in riding is scarcely exceeded by that of the men. As mere infants, they are tied upon the backs of trusty animals and thus become accustomed to the long days of journeying.

18 x 14″ [image size]
22 x 18″ [paper size]