The Vanishing Race

Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)

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Edward Curtis began his photographic documentation of the Plains, Northwest Coast and Southwest Native American peoples in 1899. In a typical work such as his view of the Navajo, called “Vanishing Race,” he treated the Indian as a romantic figure of the past rather than of the present.

The orotone process was popularized by Curtis. The negative was printed on the back of the frame’s glass and dusted with gold pigment to produce a translucent, nostalgic image.

Mrs. Charles E. Rogers; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1988.

Object Information

artist
Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)
creation date
1904
materials
orotone
dimensions
21-1/2 x 15-1/2 in.
mark descriptions
signed and inscribed on plate, L.R.: Curtis/L.A. c
accession number
1988.66
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Charles E. Rogers
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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