Vanishing Race

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Vanishing Race
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This item SOLD at 2016 Apr 02 @ 09:46UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Vanishing Race
Artist: Curtis, EdwardDate of Birth: 1868-1952
Medium: Photograph
Dimensions: 12 x 15 1/2 inches
Signed: Signed lower right

Edward Curtis, the “Shadow Catcher,” spent the summer of 1900 with Field and Stream editor George Bird Grinnell on the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana. There, his monumental project, a complete photographic record entitled The North American Indian—that would come to twenty massive volumes—was born. Curtis raced to capture the vanishing races in the twilight of their tragic grandeur. The Vanishing Race, 1904, is perhaps the artist’s best known image, largely because of its composition. The line of mounted Navajo recedes geometrically into the vanishing point of the picture. At left, one rider flanks the line. Particulate light, falling like stardust across the plane of the picture, is a metaphor for vanishing, for disappearing—for Curtis’s entire project.
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