Frontier Photographer: Edward S. Curtis

September 23, 1998 – September 27, 1999

National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Wing, SI Libraries Gallery

See on Map Floor Plan

This exhibition features images from Curtis's comprehensive 20-volume study The North American Indian (1907-1930) and examines the personal and professional struggles he faced in producing his landmark work. Other highlights include Curtis's own Reversible Back 6 1/2-by-8 1/2 inch Premo camera, printing blocks of American Indian musical scores, a field tent set up as a portable photo studio similar to one used by Curtis at his campsites, and glass-plate negatives of the kind used by Curtis.

This is a Smithsonian Institution Libraries exhibition.