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Edward S. Curtis and the Vanishing Race

West Bend
  • Edward S. Curtis, Bear Bull-Blackfoot, Photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 1926.

    Edward S. Curtis, Bear Bull-Blackfoot, Photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 1926.

Edward S. Curtis’s 20-volume compendium, The North American Indian is the most important photographic/ethnographic project ever undertaken in the United States. Curtis dedicated 30 years of his life to photographing Native American life in the northwest and southwest, becoming the foremost photographer of America’s indigenous people. Edward S. Curtis and the Vanishing Race is the first major exhibition of Curtis’s work in his home state in a decade.