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

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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, Egans 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. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance—six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise—his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements.

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The story of Edward Curtis, a charming rogue with a grade school education who became the Annie Liebowitz of his time, and the creation of his masterwork, a photographic record of the entire North American Indian nation -a project that cost him his celebrity, his prosperity, and ultimately his life, but transformed Native history for the modern era when it was rediscovered in a Boston basement in the 1970s.

About the Author

TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and the author of six books, most recently The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Washington State Book Award. His previous books include The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award and was named a New York Times Editors Choice. He is an online op-ed columnist for the New York Times, writing his "Opinionator" feature once a week.He is a third-generation Westerner and lives in Seattle.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547840604
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
United States - General
Author:
Egan, Timothy
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
History : Native American
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Artists, Architects, Photographe
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Adventurers & Explorers
Publication Date:
October 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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Biography » Artists, Architects, and Photographers
Biography » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » US History » General

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
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"Synopsis" by , The story of Edward Curtis, a charming rogue with a grade school education who became the Annie Liebowitz of his time, and the creation of his masterwork, a photographic record of the entire North American Indian nation -a project that cost him his celebrity, his prosperity, and ultimately his life, but transformed Native history for the modern era when it was rediscovered in a Boston basement in the 1970s.
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