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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463726163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463726164
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,240,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Originally used to illustrate a 20-volume encyclopedia of Native American history and culture, these photographs from the first decades of the 20th century are a valuable document of history. From a striking 1905 portrait of Geronimo to the seal-hunting Eskimos of Nunivak Island, Edward S. Curtis's pictures reflect the diversity of cultures that existed among the various Indian tribes. Their quality is superb--Curtis used the then-state-of-the-art photogravure process to reproduce his images--and the 1906 critique from Theodore Roosevelt remains valid: "In Mr. Curtis we have both an artist and a trained observer ... whose work has far more than mere accuracy, because it is truthful." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hans Christian Adam (born 1948) works as a photographic consultant in Göttingen. He has published many articles and some books on photography, including TASCHEN’s monograph on Karl Blossfeldt.

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Customer Reviews

Very detailed background on the Apache language etc.
Constance
Disappointed with this version, the content is exceptional but the book is just to small to really show off the photos.
eq3
I was extremely disappointed when I opened this book and discovered it was NOT what I thought I was getting.
Larry Galbiati

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an incredible collection of pictures. Piles on piles of pictures. But... The pictures are small. I was hoping for a collection of large pictures(i.e. 8x10) but the majority of them are approximately 4x5. It's a wonderful book, but don't expect full sized images. Irregardless it's a great buy for the price. You'll have a hard time finding a collection of pictures as big as this(even if the pictures are small) :)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
absolutely stunning recollection of his complete photos. the reproductions are somewhat small, but easily viewable. such a complete set is so awe inspiring, anyone who has an interest or a love for native ameircan history/american history must have this book. absolute beauty.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book grows upon you as you realize the conditions under which this photograher lived in order to record this aspect of American history. Edward Curtis was truly artistic in his approach to photograhing this way of life . Consequently, the compassion he developed for these people is evident in his images. A great book to have if you're intriqued by photography.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marmar on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I looked at the available contents of this book. There were supposed to be over 700 pages to this book, but the book I received only had 218. I am very disappointed in this book. It was not at all what was advertised. Why put those contents when they are not in the book that I received!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Book Reader on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
The paperback version of this book is somewhat small, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4, so the pictures inside are quite small, making it hard to really accurately see the Indians. Many of the photos came out fairly dark, so the images are not clear and sharp. It does, however, chronicle the entire portfolio which Curtis completed in his original book. Since you can't usually find the original, this is the best you can get. Would be better in a larger format, however. Very interesting text.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Wong on March 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book contains the best black/white images from the original complete collection. The portraits of Indian and the past moment of their daily life were captured with their character and dignity.
It is a marvelous image collection (Edward spent 30 years to make this 20-volume encyclopedia) of history. It represents the love of the dying population, and records the broken dream of native Indian.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By eq3 on October 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Disappointed with this version, the content is exceptional but the book is just to small to really show off the photos.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artist & Author on September 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is an indispensable reference for any artist who aspires to paint or draw Native Americans as part of their Western art if they want an authentic representation of those forgotten times.

[As an aside, I managed to find a hardback copy of this book, so they are out there if one looks hard enough for one.]
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