Edward S. Curtis (1868 – 1952)
For thirty years, from about 1900 to 1930, Edward S. Curtis traveled the vast region west of the Mississippi. Armed with a variety of cameras, Curtis made thousands of photographs of the more than 80 Indian tribes he sought out along the way. His was a singular vision: to preserve in some way what he could plainly see was a vanishing race. From the tribes living under the relentless sun of the Southwest desert to those at home in the glacial Arctic, Curtis created some of the most memorable and haunting portraits ever made of the Native American confronted by the twentieth century.