Edward S Curtis PHOTOGRAVURE 1924 Native American Yokuts Basketry Designs Plate - image 1 of 10

Unframed, matted Photogravure on Japan Vellum by Edward S Curtis, titled Yokuts Basketry Designs (B). Plate 503. Please review photographs for all markings. Excellent condition.


As found on Edward Curtis site:
1892–1899: THE EARLY YEARS | At the age of 24 Edward Curtis started working as a studio portrait photographer in Seattle. He also experimented with landscape and mountaineering photographs on extended trip to Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. By 1895, Curtis began photographing Native Americans. He took many pictures of the Alaskan/Yukon Gold Rush of 1897, and was the official expedition photographer on E.H. Harriman’s Alaskan expedition of 1899. It was on this very expedition that Curtis discovered his passion for documenting Native peoples’ ways of life. During this time he became involved with the Pictorialist movement, which increasingly influenced his work.

1900–1915: THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN PROJECT | During these 15 years, Curtis devoted his time almost exclusively to his project on Native American life and culture, with ever-decreasing amounts of time spent doing studio portraiture. in 1911, he created his epic Picture Opera Musicale with original, Native-inspired musical score and large orchestra. He began filming Native Americans in 1901, and created his first feature-length narrative documentary film in 1914, In the Land of the War Canoes. He also illustrated popular books and magazines, including the British Journal of Photography, the American Museum Journal, and the Flute of the Gods.

HIS LATER YEARS: 1916–1930 | After 1915 Curtis worked on the completion and the publication of The North American Indian book series, and on a variety of Hollywood motion pictures, e.g. The Ten Commandments. He produced a series of blue-toned silver prints, known under the names of the “Aphrodite Series” and “Hollywood Stills”. He also did very few portraiture, but was active as a cameraman. After 1928 no significant work was produced until his death in 1952.

PHOTOGRAVURES | Curtis employed an unusually wide variety of photographic processes. The vast majority of his prints, approximately 98%, were printed as photogravures, and virtually all them were produced The North American Indian. Curtis used two standard sizes, 5 x 7″ (or reverse), and approximately 12 x 16″ (or reverse). He favored three hand-made papers: Japanese Vellum, Dutch “Van Gelder,” and Japanese “Tissue,” also known as India Proof Paper.



Gary Germer

Edward S Curtis PHOTOGRAVURE 1924 Native American Yokuts Basketry Designs Plate


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