We owe many iconic images of American Indians to photographer Edward S. Curtis. Growing up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Curtis began photographing Indians in 1895 and, in 1906, was offered $75,000 by JP Morgan to continue documenting their lives. The 1,500 resulting photographs inevitably impacted the image of Indians in the American imagination.Later it came to light that Curtis’ photographs weren’t exactly pure representations. In some photographs, for example, he erased signs of modernity.
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