He’ll be the artist for today.

One note I’d like to make before posting images today: Curtis is not without controversy, and his method of photographing Native Americans has many flaws, which you can (and should) read about in this article. I want to take a minute to point out that someone from a 21st century viewpoint can find many troublesome aspects about Curtis’ method and documentation. However, it remains that Curtis contributed an enormously important (and numerous) set of images and worked tirelessly to document Native American culture with a dedication that was unmatched for his time, which is why I decided to feature him today.

I encourage you all to research this issue on your own and discover the history behind these photographs and learn about the people featured in them in addition to the person who took them.


Posted on November 26 2012, with 73 Notes

  1. irnbruja said: It’s posts like this that make me love this blog even more!
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  3. semiliteratefuckmachine said: I’m glad you’re at least including context, but fuck Curtis. No way.
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    Curtis (1868 – 1952) was a photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. A good place to see more of...
  7. icanseethecntower said: I don’t give him a pass. He came up with a clever scheme to exploit the romantic notions of the noble dying red race and, when he discovered that they weren’t his ideal, he manipulated the images to create falsities that still exist today. So nope!