Item #62293 Portraits from North American Indian Life. Edward S. Curtis, A. D. Coleman, T. C. McLuhan.

Portraits from North American Indian Life

New York: Promontory Press, 1972. Reprint. Hardcover. 176pp. Larger format oblong folio [37.5 cm x 46 cm] Photographically illustrated paper covered boards. 3/4" tears to the backstrip along the joints; moisture ring and sticker soiling to the front board; prominent rubbing to the rear board; previous owner's name on the front pastedown, else internally very clean. Will require extra postage due to size and weight. Very good minus. Item #62293
ISBN: 0883940043

A. D. Coleman writes, "The portraits are, quite simply, superb. Compositionally, they have a classic purity and strength which seems ageless. Natural light is employed by Curtis in a consistently brilliant way to emphasize both obvious and subtle marks of character in a face, to establish the mood of each individual portrait, and to create an unusual feeling of space within a two-dimensional image.

"In these portraits Curtis worked as a cartographer, reading each face as a map of the past and of the character of each sitter. Unlike other Indian photographers, who had photographed their subjects without attention to pose or environment, Curtis sought always to bring out the individual qualities of the men, women, and children before his lens."

Price: $100.00

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