Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis


Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis Author Timothy Egan
ISBN-10 0544102762
ISBN-13 9780544102767
Year 2013-08-06
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Mariner Books
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A vivid exploration of one man s lifelong obsession with an idea Egans spirited biography might just bring Curtis the recognition that eluded him in life Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic handsome a passionate mountaineer and a famous portrait photographer the Annie Leibovitz of his time He moved in rarefied circles a friend to presidents vaudeville stars leading thinkers But when he was thirty two years old in 1900 he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea to capture on film the continents original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes It took tremendous perseverance ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony And the undertaking changed him profoundly from detached observer to outraged advocate Curtis would amass more than 40 000 photographs and 10 000 audio recordings and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film In the process the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian A darn good yarn Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page turner with a colorfully drawn hero San Francisco Chronicle A riveting biography of an American original Boston Globe

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