Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952) Canyon de Chelly, 1904 platinum print signed in ink lower right marked Copyright 1904 By E.S. Curtis 1013 13" x 16 1/2"
Provenance: Flury & Company, Seattle, Washington The Collection of Rich and Patty Thumann, Tacoma, Washington
Literature: Curtis, Edward Sheriff, The North American Indian, The University Press, 1907-1930, supplement, v. 1, pl. 28
Catalog Note: This photo depicts seven Navajo riders on horseback with a dog, traveling against a background of the canyon cliffs. Curtis created a body of platinum prints, comprising less than half of one percent of his extant body of work, which vary in size from approximately 4" x 5" to 24" x 32". Platinum prints larger than 12" x 16" are scarce. Varying paper weights and surfaces were used.
Curtis captured over 40,000 images from over 80 tribes. In addition to photographs, Curtis produced ten thousand wax cylinder recordings of Native American languages and captured the first film footage of American Indians.
In total, The North American Indian project included over 2,200 of Curtis's photographs and thousands of pages of anthropological research, organized into twenty volumes accompanied by bound portfolios of oversize gravures. This project spanned over 25 years wouldn't have been possible without the financial support and encouragement of influential figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and members of European royalty.
The complete contents of The North American Indian originally published by Edward S. Curtis between 1907-1930 can be found at http://curtis.library.northwestern.edu/aboutsite.html