This week I picked up Timothy Egan’s biography of Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward CurtisA photographer at the turn of the 20th century, Curtis spent 30 years documenting the cultures of American Indians in the West. The images that he produced remain some of the better-known images of Native Americans.

Invocation–Sioux (1907)

Invocation–Sioux (1907)

Holy Bear's wife

Holy Bear’s wife

Three Sioux Indians on horseback (1905)

Joseph–Nez Perce (1903)

Joseph–Nez Perce (1903)

Apsaroke Mother (1908)

Apsaroke Mother (1908)

To see more of Curtis’s amazing images, visit the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.  The images here are from that catalog and all captions are original to Curtis.  Hopefully I’ll be posting a review of the biography before too long.  After 30 minutes browsing his collection online, I am in awe of his work and can’t wait to learn more about the life that produced this unbelievable record of American history.

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