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Edward Sheriff Curtis snippet
Edward S Curtis employed a team of photographers (when money from the banker JP Morgan would allow it).
Edward Sheriff Curtis
Edward Sheriff Curtis (February 16, 1868 – October 19, 1952) was a photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. Born near Whitewater, Wisconsin. his father, Rev. Johnson Asahel Curtis (1840-1887) was a minister and a Civil War veteran. At the age of 17 Edward became an apprentice photographer in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 1895 he photographed Princess Angeline (c1800-1896) aka Kickisomlo, the daughter of Chief Sealth of Seattle. This was his first portrait of a Native American. In 1898 he met George Bird Grinnell, an expert on Native Americans. Grinnell became interested in photography and invited him to join an expedition to photograph the Blackfeet Indians in Montana in the year 1900.
In 1906 J.P. Morgan offered Curtis $75,000 to produce a series on the North American Indian, in 20 volumes with 1500 photographs. He produced 40000 images from 80 tribes and 10000 wax recordings of Indian language and music.