This video is presented by the Arizona State Museum on their new exhibit "Curtis Reframed". We do not think we could have said it any better than is said in this video. The exhibit will be rolled out in three separate exhibitions, changed every 6 months, the next exhibit rolled out in May of 2014.
Edward S. Curtis traveled from Oklahoma to Alaska toting a huge camera where ever he went. Whatever else he was, he was dedicated to the pursuit of cataloging the American Indian. Curtis worked over 30 years on this project, produced 20 volumes of photogravures and sold them by subscription like an encyclopaedia. In all, 222 sets were distributed, over 40,000 images and more than 80 tribes were documented. He has been criticized for staging his photos and taking out parts that were not indicative of the time he was trying to portray, but the fact remains that he achieved a phenomenal goal and is to this day underappreciated.
Arizona State Museum
1013 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
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