In search of a lost time

"This book is in every sense a life’s work. Curtis left us a collection of immense historical significance, with an outstanding artistic integrity." -Photo Art International, London

At the turn of the century, the American photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868–1952) started on his thirty-year project to produce a monumental study of North American Indians. Using an approach that was both artistically and scientifically ambitious he recorded, in words and pictures, the traces of the traditional Indian way of life that was already beginning to die out.
With tireless personal commitment Curtis visited American Indian tribes from the Mexican border to the Bering Straits, gaining their confidence by his patience and sensitivity. His photographic life`s work was printed in 20 volumes between 1907 and 1930 as The North American Indian. There were only 272 copies in total, so original copies are now extremely rare. This book gives lasting life to Curtis`s great achievements by making the photographs available again.
The author:
Hans Christian Adam studied psychology, art history and communication in Göttingen and Vienna. As a specialist in historical images, he has published numerous articles and books, including titles on travel and war photography. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Edward Sheriff Curtis: The North American Indian, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugène Atget: Paris and Berlin, Portrait of a City.
Edward S. Curtis. The North American Indian (Klotz, TASCHEN 25 Edition)

Edward S. Curtis. The North American Indian

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  • Reviews
"Edward Sheriff Curtis est considéré comme le premier photo journaliste. Ce photographe ethnologue américain consacra 30 ans de sa vie à entreprendre l’inventaire complet de tous les Indiens des 80 tribus existantes encore au début du XXe siècle. De 1907 à 1930, il traversa 125 fois les Etats-Unis, réalisa plus de 40 000 clichés et enregistra même des chants indiens sur un ancien appareil à cylindre."
— La Voix du Nord, Lille, France
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