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For clear-eyed assessments of Curtis see Christoph...

2009-02-12T21:40:00.000-08:00

For clear-eyed assessments of Curtis see Christopher M. Lyman, The Vanishing Race and Other Illusions and Mick Gidley, Edward Curtis Incorporated.



Perhaps a better phrasing is that Edward Curtis *s...

2009-02-12T16:26:00.000-08:00

Perhaps a better phrasing is that Edward Curtis *should* be infamous! I am actually doing some research on Curtis right now and I am by no means a fan. Edward Curtis staged his photographs, put wigs and inappropriate costumes on his subjects, shoved his subjects into the shadows and engaged in various dark room chicanery to produce portraits that were not of real Indians but of the stereotyped figures in his head. Curtis' Indians are old, broken, and doomed because he worked hard to portray them that way.

I have given a couple of presentations on this topic. I should do a post on Curtis but it is too big a subject for the blog format! Watch for my next book--due no time soon.



How can you call Edward Curtis "infamous"? Perhap...

2009-02-12T13:59:00.000-08:00

How can you call Edward Curtis "infamous"? Perhaps you've mixed this negative word with with famous? Edward's lesser known brother was a better than average photographer and probably deserves more recognition, but not at the expense of his far superior photographer brother--who was in no way infamous.