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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463726163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463726164
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Unfortunately, these photos of views of the Native American that you will see no where else are reproduced in a tiny format. Otherwise, magical and unforgettable depictions of Indians before encroaching White so-called civilization wiped them and their way of life out.
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By A Customer on January 25, 2000
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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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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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This is a great collection of the photographic collection which Edward S. Curtis amassed while gathering a tremendous amount of information about the native North American Indians. His eye through the camera gives insight into the real people of this nation. Beautifully put together, it introduces the reader to a large number of virtually unknown/uncommon Indian Tribes. While the paperback version is adequate, it is extremely large and hard to view the pictures without putting undue stress on the binding. The hardcover edition might be a better option, but even better would be the volume edition.
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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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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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This is a fabulous and affordable addition to my library. Of course, it cannot compare to the full size portfolio prints, and omits Curtis' text. All of this is available online through [...] For the $, used, this is a wonderful overview of a magical collection of photographs. Taschen did a reasonable job in printing these reductions cheaply.
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