Nov 29, 2012
Have you read The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan yet?
Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer--the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.
If you've read and enjoyed the book, you have a great opportunity to see Curtis's amazing photographs in real life. Check out Beauty, Heart and Spirit: The Sacred Legacy of Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian currently on display at Minneapolis Central Library.
There will be more than 40 vintage and contemporary Curtis photographs on display at the exhibit, plus vintage Curtis ephemera such as at least two original volumes and one original portfolio, a vintage gold tone print, and some of Curtis’s correspondence, business documents, postcards and promotional materials. Additionally, historic and contemporary books on Curtis will be displayed.
This display runs through January 6, 2013 and more info can be found at the Hennepin County Library website.