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Capture, George Horse.

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Lilly Lebold

on 6 April 2017

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Transcript of Capture, George Horse.

Edward Sheriff Curtis was an amazing photographer. He is best known for The North American Indian Project which involved over 40,000 images. Curtis photographed more than 80 American Indian Tribes and many well-known Indians of the time. He compiled twenty bound volumes and twenty portfolios over 30 years of work for this project. Later known as the “Shadow Catcher” by some of the tribes, he was entirely devoted to his work.
Edward Sheriff Curtis was born in 1868 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. In 1887, Edward and his family moved towards the West for his father's health, where he bought the parts for his first camera. After settling in Washington territory, his father, Johnson, died with family surrounding him. Edward became a partner in two very successful photographic studios in 1891.He married Marries Clara Philips in 1892. His first Native American subjects were taken in the year 1895. In 1951, his eyesight began failing and he had difficulty moving, so he decided to live with his daughter and husband. He died in 1952 in Los Angeles, California.
I like the detail that he was able to capture in everything from the clothes of the warrior to the horse’s muscles to the grassy foreground. Looking at the photos makes me feel as though I was standing there as this warrior came up over the ridge. I like the fact that the warrior looks powerful and is looking toward the camera, yet the image does not feel threatening. I enjoy that there is a calm and serene feeling in the images. I think I can almost feel the wind that blows through the man’s hair and ruffles the tail of the horse. I also like that these images are part of a large body of work that helps us remember the American Indians and their culture. Edward Curtis was a very skilled photographer who devoted his life to photography and these images are a great example of his work.

4A, Photographic Imaging 1, Edward Curtis, By: Lilly Lebold
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